Bernard

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200k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bernard

"Bernard" is a name of French origin, and it means "Bold As A Bear". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. French physiologist noted for research on secretions of the alimentary canal and the glycogenic function of the liver (1813-1878)
Wiktionary

Germanic Bernhard, ber(n) "bear" + hard "brave, strong". Popularized by medieval European saints.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Bernard was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, French, and Slovak

Notable Persons Named Bernard

Bernard Madoff is a stock broker, investment adviser, financier, former chairman of nasdaq, and nasdaq.

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Bernie Ecclestone is a businessman. He holds the title Chief Executive of Formula One Group and Chief Executive ofFormula One Group. He was most prominent from 1945 to present. Bernie was given the name Bernard Charles Ecclestone on October 28th, 1930 in Bungay, Suffolk, England, UK.

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Bernard Arnault is a chairman & ceo of lvmh, chairman of christian dior s.a., lvmh, christian dior se, chairman & ceo oflvmh, and chairman ofchristian dior s.a. Bernard was given the name Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault on March 5th, 1949 in Roubaix, France.

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Bernard Shaw was a writer. Bernard was born on July 26th, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland, UK. He breathed his last breath on November 2nd, 1950.

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Tony Curtis was an actor. His career lasted from 1948 to 2010. Tony was given the name Bernard Schwartz on June 3rd, 1925 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. He left this life on September 29th, 2010.

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Bernie Mac was an observational comedy, satire, black comedy, and insult comedy comedian. Bernie was given the name Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on October 5th, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He left this life on August 9th, 2008.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bernard

Crystal Bernard is a singer-songwriter, actor, and actress. She was most prominent from 1982 to present. Crystal was given the name Crystal Lynn Bernard on September 30th, 1961 in Garland, Texas, U.S.

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Tony Yayo is a hip hop music rapping and songwriter. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Tony was given the name Marvin Bernard on March 31st, 1978. Tony is also known as Marvin Bernard.

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Bernard is a soccer player for the FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Clube Atlético Mineiro, Democrata Futebol Clube, and Brazil national football team. Bernard was born on September 8th, 1992 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Claude Bernard was a scientist in the field of physiology. Claude was born on July 12th, 1813 in Saint-Julien, Rhône. He breathed his last breath on February 10th, 1878.

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Maurice Maeterlinck was a playwrightpoetessayist and playwright. Maurice was given the name Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard on August 29th, 1862 in Ghent, Belgium. He died on May 6th, 1949.

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How popular is the baby name Bernard in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 140 0 140 #98 boy name
1881 130 0 130 #96 boy name
1882 144 0 144
1883 141 0 141 #96 boy name
1884 140 0 140
1885 160 0 160 #91 boy name
1886 180 0 180 #91 boy name
1887 159 0 159 #97 boy name
1888 207 0 207 #87 boy name
1889 215 0 215 #81 boy name
1890 178 0 178 #98 boy name
1891 187 0 187 #85 boy name
1892 237 0 237 #85 boy name
1893 217 0 217 #84 boy name
1894 256 0 256 #78 boy name
1895 259 0 259 #77 boy name
1896 241 0 241 #84 boy name
1897 239 5 234 #80 boy name
1898 284 0 284 #74 boy name
1899 222 0 222 #85 boy name
1900 308 0 308 #86 boy name
1901 247 5 242 #80 boy name
1902 259 0 259 #83 boy name
1903 271 0 271 #79 boy name
1904 326 0 326 #72 boy name
1905 292 0 292 #82 boy name
1906 343 0 343 #74 boy name
1907 378 0 378 #73 boy name
1908 414 0 414 #70 boy name
1909 463 0 463 #68 boy name
1910 565 5 560 #62 boy name
1911 786 9 777 #54 boy name
1912 1,437 0 1,437 #60 boy name
1913 1,924 8 1,916 #52 boy name
1914 2,454 18 2,436 #50 boy name
1915 3,322 20 3,302 #49 boy name
1916 3,491 15 3,476 #49 boy name
1917 3,727 16 3,711 #49 boy name
1918 4,117 19 4,098 #47 boy name
1919 3,926 10 3,916 #45 boy name
1920 4,191 28 4,163 #46 boy name
1921 4,500 15 4,485 #45 boy name
1922 4,435 25 4,410 #46 boy name
1923 4,396 20 4,376 #46 boy name
1924 4,525 19 4,506 #46 boy name
1925 4,282 24 4,258 #48 boy name
1926 4,196 23 4,173 #49 boy name
1927 4,197 34 4,163 #50 boy name
1928 4,097 31 4,066 #49 boy name
1929 3,842 34 3,808 #52 boy name
1930 3,857 24 3,833 #52 boy name
1931 3,538 24 3,514 #54 boy name
1932 3,266 14 3,252 #60 boy name
1933 3,023 19 3,004 #63 boy name
1934 3,158 11 3,147 #65 boy name
1935 2,941 9 2,932 #67 boy name
1936 2,863 9 2,854 #68 boy name
1937 2,680 9 2,671 #73 boy name
1938 2,724 10 2,714 #75 boy name
1939 2,637 11 2,626 #76 boy name
1940 2,476 7 2,469 #82 boy name
1941 2,514 6 2,508 #87 boy name
1942 2,735 12 2,723 #90 boy name
1943 2,755 12 2,743 #92 boy name
1944 2,630 9 2,621 #94 boy name
1945 2,405 16 2,389 #98 boy name
1946 2,611 5 2,606
1947 3,005 12 2,993 #100 boy name
1948 2,716 0 2,716
1949 2,685 6 2,679
1950 2,653 12 2,641
1951 2,772 7 2,765
1952 2,761 7 2,754
1953 2,756 10 2,746
1954 2,739 8 2,731
1955 2,568 7 2,561
1956 2,494 15 2,479
1957 2,544 17 2,527
1958 2,408 8 2,400
1959 2,287 15 2,272
1960 2,315 11 2,304
1961 2,164 16 2,148
1962 1,984 12 1,972
1963 1,960 18 1,942
1964 1,887 11 1,876
1965 1,679 6 1,673
1966 1,542 19 1,523
1967 1,450 8 1,442
1968 1,319 11 1,308
1969 1,292 11 1,281
1970 1,201 11 1,190
1971 1,174 6 1,168
1972 1,060 12 1,048
1973 953 8 945
1974 863 6 857
1975 860 10 850
1976 804 8 796
1977 765 7 758
1978 748 10 738
1979 764 5 759
1980 771 0 771
1981 705 8 697
1982 683 6 677
1983 650 9 641
1984 623 8 615
1985 660 7 653
1986 602 7 595
1987 599 6 593
1988 613 5 608
1989 659 0 659
1990 516 0 516
1991 557 0 557
1992 531 0 531
1993 515 8 507
1994 413 0 413
1995 431 0 431
1996 323 0 323
1997 319 0 319
1998 297 0 297
1999 266 0 266
2000 275 0 275
2001 262 0 262
2002 226 0 226
2003 220 0 220
2004 238 0 238
2005 223 0 223
2006 194 0 194
2007 212 0 212
2008 214 0 214
2009 189 0 189
2010 171 0 171
2011 168 0 168
2012 148 0 148
2013 166 0 166
2014 157 0 157
2015 150 0 150
2016 163 0 163

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Popularity of Bernard as a first name

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Popularity of Bernard as a last name

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Common last names for Bernard

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Cohen
  • Martin
  • Murphy
  • Kelly
  • Clark
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Schwartz

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bernard U.S.
  White 62.84% 64.26%
  African American 25.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.09% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bernard

People with the last name Bernard are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bernard

  • How Popular is the name Bernard? Bernard is the 368th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bernard was the 899th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bernard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 199,741 babies born with the first name Bernard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bernard to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bernard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 140 new born babies.
  • When was Bernard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bernard is Saturday, December 13th, 1817.
  • What year had the most people named Bernard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bernard was in 1924 with a total of 4,506 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bernard!
  • Random Bernard Factoid: According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bernard ranks 76th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 9 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1965.
  • Weird things about the name Bernard: Your name in reverse order is Dranreb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Barnerd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bernard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 38,512 people with the last name Bernard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bernard? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Bernard as their last name.

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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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