Bernhard Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Bernard:
Derived from the Old High German Berinhard (bold as a bear), a compound name composed of the elements bern (bear) and hard (bold, hearty, brave, strong). Var: Barnard, Berend, Berinhard, Bernard, Bernardyn, Bernd, Bern, Bernon, Bernot.
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My son is named Bernhard, and his nickname is Bear. Bernhard is an old family name, and we were a little nervous to introduce our son as Bernhard/Bear (especially my husband!), but the feedback has actually been great! People love his name, and it's exceptionally memorable. Among the scores of standard boy names, he stands out beautifully. If you're considering the name, go for it! Your child will not hate you, and other parents will not give you the side eye. We love it!
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Bernhard Langer (golfer)
Bernhard Riemann (mathematician)
Bernhard Wicki (film director)
Bernhard Kohl (road bicycle racer)
Bernhard Eisel (road bicycle racer)
Bernhard Russi (athlete)
Bernhard Fleischmann (musician)
Bernhard Schaub (publisher)
Bernhard Gruber (athlete)
Bernhard Termath (soccer player)
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The Saint Bernard dog is a "Sankt Bernhard" in German. The dogs are known for their lively temperament, gentle nature, land loving and calm demeanor.
Sankt Bernhard pass is one of the oldest and highest passes through the Swiss Alps. This region is also the original home to the namesake dog breed.