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Gender: F Meaning of Bernice: "she who brings victory" Origin of Bernice: Greek

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Rarely heard today-- it fell off the list around 1980--Bernice is a biblical name of Greek origin. In the Bible, she is a sister of King Agrippa. Bernice was a Top 100 name in the US for more than three decades--from 1900 to 1936--hitting a high of Number 39 in 1921.

The original spelling of the name was Berenice, the name of the wife of Ptolemy I of Egypt, and it's also the name of a fourth century saint. Berenice Abbott was an important twentieth century photographer, and Bernice was the birth name of Bea Arthur. One of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best remembered short stories is "Bernice Bobs her Hair."

, Bernice has a plethora of nicknames--you can take your pick of Berry, Benny, Bernie, Binnie and Bunny.

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Famous People Named Bernice

Bernice Ackerman, first woman weather-caster in the US
Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian princess
Bernice Claire, '30s film actress
Bernice Fisher, American civil rights activist
Bernice "Fitz" Fitz-Gibbon, American ad writer
Bernice Frankel, birth name of US actress Bea Arthur
Bernice Thurman Hunter, Canadian children's author
Bernice Albertine King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bernice Morgan, Canadian novelist
Dr. Bernice L. Neugarten, American psychologist
Bernice Rubens, Welsh novelist
Bernice Zamora, Chicana (American) poet
Agnes Bernice Martin, abstract painter

Pop Culture References for the Name Bernice

Bernice Summerfield ("Benny"), Doctor Who book character
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (1920), short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bernice Kimmelman, from movie "Domestic Import"
Bernice Halper, Luann's BFF in the Greg Evans comic strip
Bernice, a successful writer of cheap tales, the wife of newspaperman John Stockton (who changes his name to Bruce Dudley when he leaves her to become a wheel painter) in "Dark Laughter" (1925) by Sherwood Anderson
Bernice Pruitt, character in the 1998 film 'Hope Floats' played by Mae Whitman

Beranyce, Bereniece, Berenyce, Bern, Bernee, Berni, Bernie, Berry, Bunny

Bernice's International Variations

Bérénice, Bernelle, Berenicia (French) Bernise, Bernessa (German) Berenike, Beranice, Berenice, Beraniece (Greek) Beronia (Italian) Bearnas (Scottish Gaelic)