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Bernhard Family History

Bernhard Name Meaning
Dutch, German, and Scandinavian: from the Germanic personal name Bernhard, composed of the elements ber(n) ‘bear’ + hard ‘brave’, ‘hardy’, ‘strong’. In the 13th and 14th centuries it vied with Arnold as the most popular personal name in the Netherlands and northern Germany. It was borne by St. Bernard of Menthon (923–1008), founder of Alpine hospices and patron saint of mountaineers, whose cult accounts for the frequency of the name in Alpine regions. See also Bernard.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

211,175 Historical Documents with Bernhard on Ancestry
74,109 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
31,879 Military Records
11,133 Immigration Records
28,414 Census and Voter Lists
65,640 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Bernhard Families

  • Number of Bernhard families
     18 - 34
     7 - 17
     1 - 6
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data

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Bernhard Family Origin

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Bernhard Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

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