Bernice

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185k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
112
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bernice

"Bernice" is a name of French origin, and it means "Brings Victory". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

Biblical form of Berenice, from Ancient Greek Βερενίκη (Bereníkē).

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Bernice

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur was an actress, comedian, and singer. She was most prominent from 1947 to 2008. Beatrice was given the name Bernice Frankel on May 13th, 1922 in New York City, New York, U.S. She left this life on April 25th, 2009.

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Bernice King is a ceo of the king center, chief executive officer, and ceoofthe king center. Bernice was given the name Bernice Albertine King by her parents Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King on March 28th, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Berenice Abbott was an artist in the field of photography. Berenice was given the name Bernice Abbott on July 17th, 1898 in Springfield, Ohio. She passed away on December 9th, 1991.

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Cara Williams is an actress. She was most active from 1941 to 1978. Cara was given the name Bernice Kamiat on June 29th, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Alaina Reed Hall was an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1976 to 1976. Alaina was given the name Bernice Ruth Reed on November 10th, 1946 in Springfield, Ohio, U.S. Alaina is also known as Alaina Reed and Alaina Reed-Amini. She left this life on December 17th, 2009.

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Bernice Liu is an actor, singing, and model (people). She holds the title Truth". Her career lasted from 2001 to 2001. Bernice is also known as Liu Bik-yee.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 59 59 0
1881 48 48 0
1882 57 57 0
1883 76 69 7
1884 83 83 0
1885 96 96 0
1886 135 135 0
1887 127 127 0
1888 162 157 5
1889 213 206 7
1890 237 229 8
1891 259 248 11
1892 304 299 5
1893 340 340 0
1894 395 389 6
1895 453 447 6
1896 498 489 9
1897 535 519 16
1898 628 619 9 #96 girl name
1899 523 515 8
1900 712 702 10 #96 girl name
1901 660 660 0 #86 girl name
1902 808 794 14 #81 girl name
1903 879 868 11 #77 girl name
1904 978 962 16 #75 girl name
1905 1,052 1,032 20 #74 girl name
1906 1,127 1,107 20 #66 girl name
1907 1,207 1,185 22 #65 girl name
1908 1,378 1,363 15 #61 girl name
1909 1,358 1,337 21 #62 girl name
1910 1,748 1,720 28 #58 girl name
1911 1,940 1,915 25 #51 girl name
1912 2,624 2,593 31 #51 girl name
1913 3,087 3,036 51 #45 girl name
1914 3,797 3,730 67 #43 girl name
1915 5,030 4,937 93 #42 girl name
1916 5,276 5,183 93 #42 girl name
1917 5,618 5,545 73 #42 girl name
1918 6,009 5,893 116 #41 girl name
1919 5,896 5,793 103 #42 girl name
1920 6,042 5,928 114 #40 girl name
1921 6,309 6,190 119 #39 girl name
1922 6,033 5,912 121 #41 girl name
1923 5,912 5,808 104 #43 girl name
1924 6,143 6,033 110 #47 girl name
1925 5,815 5,726 89 #46 girl name
1926 5,541 5,444 97 #45 girl name
1927 5,420 5,305 115 #49 girl name
1928 5,036 4,941 95 #53 girl name
1929 4,641 4,551 90 #55 girl name
1930 4,510 4,435 75 #58 girl name
1931 3,895 3,823 72 #63 girl name
1932 3,632 3,545 87 #71 girl name
1933 3,080 3,008 72 #83 girl name
1934 3,047 2,978 69 #82 girl name
1935 2,848 2,773 75 #90 girl name
1936 2,600 2,544 56 #95 girl name
1937 2,434 2,385 49
1938 2,330 2,287 43
1939 2,174 2,123 51
1940 2,138 2,089 49
1941 1,973 1,931 42
1942 2,016 1,964 52
1943 1,928 1,890 38
1944 1,694 1,658 36
1945 1,497 1,473 24
1946 1,494 1,469 25
1947 1,725 1,689 36
1948 1,507 1,489 18
1949 1,413 1,378 35
1950 1,321 1,300 21
1951 1,314 1,286 28
1952 1,235 1,211 24
1953 1,173 1,157 16
1954 1,098 1,076 22
1955 1,068 1,045 23
1956 1,057 1,035 22
1957 1,000 980 20
1958 905 887 18
1959 871 851 20
1960 884 872 12
1961 774 764 10
1962 773 761 12
1963 718 703 15
1964 668 652 16
1965 573 561 12
1966 488 472 16
1967 464 457 7
1968 431 421 10
1969 399 385 14
1970 384 376 8
1971 332 326 6
1972 301 290 11
1973 274 264 10
1974 269 262 7
1975 228 222 6
1976 260 255 5
1977 187 182 5
1978 189 184 5
1979 165 165 0
1980 177 177 0
1981 169 169 0
1982 180 174 6
1983 143 143 0
1984 157 157 0
1985 145 145 0
1986 107 107 0
1987 132 132 0
1988 140 140 0
1989 144 144 0
1990 151 146 5
1991 143 143 0
1992 138 138 0
1993 132 126 6
1994 137 137 0
1995 109 109 0
1996 116 116 0
1997 111 111 0
1998 100 100 0
1999 122 122 0
2000 97 97 0
2001 105 105 0
2002 88 88 0
2003 82 82 0
2004 86 86 0
2005 84 84 0
2006 81 81 0
2007 80 80 0
2008 85 85 0
2009 80 80 0
2010 66 66 0
2011 61 61 0
2012 47 47 0
2013 71 71 0
2014 65 65 0
2015 56 56 0
2016 53 53 0

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Popularity of Bernice as a first name

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Popularity of Bernice as a last name

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Common last names for Bernice

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  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Robinson
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bernice U.S.
  White 82.14% 64.26%
  African American 14.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bernice

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

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Fun Facts about the name Bernice

  • How Popular is the name Bernice? Bernice is the 395th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bernice was the 147,253rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bernice have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 185,082 babies born with the first name Bernice in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bernice to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bernice? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 59 new born babies.
  • When was Bernice first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bernice is Monday, August 2nd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Bernice born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bernice was in 1921 with a total of 6,190 babies. That's a lot of babies named Bernice!
  • Random Bernice Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bernice ranks 66th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 98 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1931.
  • Weird things about the name Bernice: Your name in reverse order is Ecinreb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nrbieec. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bernice? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 112 people with the last name Bernice.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bernice? Bernice is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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).
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