Bernard (Bernhard) is a West Germanic masculine given name.[1]

The name is attested from at least the 9th century. West Germanic Berhard is composed from the two elements bern "bear" and hard "brave, hardy".[2] Its native Old English reflex was Beornheard, which was replaced by the Old French form Bernard after the Norman conquest. The name Bernhard was notably popular among Old Frisian speakers.[3] Its wider use was popularized due to Saint Bernhard of Clairvaux (canonized 1174).

List of people with the name

The following people and items share the name Bernard.

Given name



Fictional characters

given name
  • Andy Bernard, character on the United States television series The Office

See also


  1. ^ Albert Dauzat, Noms et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980. p. 38, New completed edition by Marie-Thérèse Morlet.
  2. ^ "Name Meaning and Origin". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2013-06-16. . T. F. Hoad, English Etymology, Oxford University Press 1993. p. 36.
  3. ^ Die Kosenamen der Germanen: Eine Studie, Franz Stark, 1868 (German)
  4. ^ Bernard (TV series)