Animals, B names, Bears/Bear cubs, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Bernadette is the French feminine form of Bernard which comes from Germanic name Bernhard meaning “brave bear” or “hardy bear” made up of Germanic elements bern (bear) and hard (brave, hardy).

Nicknames: Bernie/Berny, Ettie/Etty

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Bernardine (English)
  • Bernadett (Hungarian)
  • Bernardetta (Italian)
  • Bernarda (Spanish, Slovene, Croatian)
  • Bernardita (Spanish)


Male forms:

  • Bernard (English, French, Dutch, Polish, Croatian, Slovene, Czech, Ancient Germanic)
  • Berard (Ancient Germanic)
  • Berinhard (Ancient Germanic)
  • Bernhard (Ancient Germanic, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Beñat (Basque)
  • Bernat (Catalan)
  • Bernát (Hungarian)
  • Berardo (Italian)
  • Bernardo (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Bernardino (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese diminutive of Bernardo)
  • Bernt (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Benno (German diminutive)
  • Bernd (German short form of Bernhard)




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