Origin of the name BERNARD.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BERNARD.
and French. A form of Anglo-Saxon Beornheard
(q.v.), German Bernhard
(q.v.), meaning "bear strong" or "firm bear."
Usage: America, Australia, England, France, Great Britain, Ireland,
famous of all the bears is of Frank growth. Some have tried to
resolve it into Bairn-heart, child-hearted; but though barn is of
most ancient lineage, found even in Ulfilas's Gospels, all analogy is
against the interpretation; and there can be no doubt that when the
first historical Biornhard was named, his parents would much have
preferred his having the resolution of a bear rather than the heart of a
That first was an uncle of Charlemagne, and from him
it was that the mountain, erst of Jupiter, was termed of Bernard, even
before a second Bernard, surnamed De Menthon, fled from his home for
love of a monastic life, and erected his noble hospice for the reception
of travellers... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)