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Bernard Name Meaning

English Scottish French Walloon Breton Dutch German Polish Czech Slovenian West Indian (mainly Haiti) and African (mainly Tanzania): from the personal name Bernard from an ancient Germanic name composed of the elements ber(n) ‘bear’ + hard ‘brave hardy strong’ (see Bernhard ). It was borne by several Christian saints including Saint 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. The popularity of the personal name was also greatly increased by virtue of its having been borne by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090–1153) founder and abbot of the Cistercian monastery at Clairvaux. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Italian Bernardo . Bernard is the second most frequent surname in France. Compare Barnard Benore and Burnor .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bernhard, Bernards, Bernardy, Leonard, Bernat, Reynard, Berard

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You can see how Bernard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bernard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bernard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 322 Bernard families living in London. This was about 32% of all the recorded Bernard's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bernard families in 1891.
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What did your Bernard ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bernard. 18% of Bernard men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Bernard women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bernard were House Painter and Domestic Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Ladies Tailor
  • Chef
  • House Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant
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There are 37,000 military records available for the last name Bernard. For the veterans among your Bernard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bernard lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bernard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bernard in 1941 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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