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Origin and popularity of the name BERNHARD


Bernhard : German Dutch Danish Swedish Norwegian and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the ancient Germanic personal name Bernhard composed of the elements ber(n) ‘bear’ + hard ‘brave hardy strong’. As a Jewish name this is an adoption of the German name because it has the same beginning as the Jewish name Ber. The surname of German origin is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). See also Bernard compare Barnard Barnhard Barnhart and Bernhardt.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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