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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

205,154 Historical Documents with Bernhard on Ancestry.com
70,241 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
31,846 Military Records
11,165 Immigration Records
28,312 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Bernhard Families

  • Number of Bernhard families
     77 - 151
     26 - 76
     1 - 25
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bernhard families
     18 - 34
     7 - 17
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bernhard families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bernhard Family Origin

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Bernhard Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bernhard

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Bernhard Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Bernhard Civil War Service Records

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