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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bern

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  1. The capital of Switzerland; located in western Switzerland
  1. The capital of Switzerland and of the canton of Bern.
  2. A canton of Switzerland.
  3. Diminutive of the given name Bernard

Bern was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Estonian, German, and Serbo-Croatian

Notable Persons Named Bern

Bern Nadette Stanis is an actress, author, and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1974. Bern was given the name Bernadette Stanislaus on December 22nd, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. Bern is also known as BernNadette Stanis, BernNadette, and Bern.


Bern Bennett was a radio/television announcer. He was most active from 1944 to 2003. Bern was born on October 19th, 1921. He left this life on May 29th, 2014.


Bern Dibner was an engineer. Bern was born on August 18th, 1897 in Kiev. He breathed his last breath on January 6th, 1988.


Bern Brostek is a football player. He was most active from 1990 to 1997. Bern was born on September 11th, 1966 in Honolulu.


Bern was born on March 20th, 1911 in Berlin. He breathed his last breath on November 27th, 1981.


Bern Nix is a jazz musician. He plays Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to 1975.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bern

Paul Bern was a screenwriter, director, and producer. He was most active from 1919 to 1932. Paul was given the name Paul Levy on December 3rd, 1889 in Wandsbek, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He breathed his last breath on September 5th, 1932.


Stéphane Bern is a radio and television host. Stéphane was born on November 14th, 1963 in Lyon.


Dan Bern is a folk music, rock music, and pop music musician, songwriter, author, visual artist, and visual arts. Dan was given the name Daniel Bern in Mount Vernon, Iowa, U.S. Dan is also known as Bernstein and Cunliffe Merriwether.


Mina was born on May 5th, 1911. She left this life on January 10th, 2010.


Alan was born in 1955.


Ivar Bern is a chess player. He holds the title International Master(1992), ICCF Grandmaster(1993), FIDE titles, and International Correspondence Chess Grandmaster. Ivar was born Ivar Bern on January 20th, 1967 in Norway.


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Popularity of Bern as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bern U.S.
  White 87.72% 64.26%
  African American 1.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.08% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.35% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.32% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bern

People with the last name Bern are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bern

  • How Popular is the name Bern? Bern is the 38,849th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bern was the 31,285th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bern have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 86 babies born with the first name Bern in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bern to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bern? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Bern first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bern is Wednesday, June 11th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Bern born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bern was in 1958 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bern: Your name in reverse order is Nreb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enbr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bern? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 741 people with the last name Bern.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bern? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bern as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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