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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


Similar surnames: Bernard, Bernards, Leonhardt, Eberhardt, Bernhardt, Bernardy, Berner

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Bernhard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bernhard name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bernhard. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    38%

  • Germanic Europe

    18%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • European Jewish

    6%

  • Sweden

    4%

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Bernhard Family Origin

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Bernhard Family Occupations

What did your Bernhard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bernhard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Bernhard's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bernhard family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bernhard.

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  • Farmer

    18%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Keeping House

    3%
  • Carpenter

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bernhard ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bernhard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Bernhard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bernhard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Bernhard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Bernhard. For the veterans among your Bernhard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bernhard Life Expectancy

What is the average Bernhard lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Bernhard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Bernhard in 1947 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bernhard ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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