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Bernard Family History

Bernard Name Meaning
English, French, Dutch, Polish, Czech, and Slovenian: from a Germanic personal name (see Bernhard). The popularity of the personal name was greatly increased by virtue of its having been borne by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (c.1090–1153), founder and abbot of the Cistercian monastery at Clairvaux.Americanized form of German Bernhard or any of the other cognates in European languages; for forms see Hanks and Hodges 1988.

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

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Name Distribution of Bernard Families

  • Number of Bernard families
     264 - 526
     89 - 263
     1 - 88
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bernard families
     162 - 322
     55 - 161
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bernard families
     57 - 111
     20 - 56
     1 - 19
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bernard Family Origin

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Bernard Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bernard

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Bernard Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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