Diminutive of Bernard, English
"strong; brave as a bear"

Bernie Origin and Meaning

The name Bernie is a boy's name meaning "strong; brave as a bear".

It's been shown that notable political figures often impact the use of their names, and the same can — sort of — be said about Bernie Sanders. His name increased in use by 47% between 2015 and 2016 (albeit, to a peak of only 21 baby boys given the name). By 2017, Bernie has decreased in usage by almost 60%.

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Famous People Named Bernie

  • Bernie Mac (born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough)American comedian and actor
  • Bernard Charles "Bernie" EcclestoneBritish business magnate
  • Bernard "Bernie" SandersU.S. Senator from Vermont
  • George Bernard "Bernie" Worrell Jr.American keyboardist of Parliament,Funkadelic and Talking Heads
  • Bernabé "Bernie" WilliamsPuerto Rican baseball player
  • Bernard Joseph "Bernie" KosarAmerican NFL football player
  • Bernard John "Bernie" TaupinEnglish lyricist and songwriting partner of Elton John
  • Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" MadoffAmerican Ponzi schemer

Bernie in Pop Culture

  • Bernie Gruenfeldercharacter on TV's "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Bernie Maddoxcharacter on British TV series "Red Cap"
  • Bernie Steinbergmain character on TV's "Bridget Loves Bernie"
  • Bernie Abrahmscharacter on American soap opera "General Hospital"
  • Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiedemain character in 2011 film "Bernie"
  • Berniecharacter in comic strip "Doonesbury"
  • Bernard "Bernie" Schotzcharacter on Disney Channel's "Bizaardvark"
  • Good Ole Berniecharacter in DC Universe

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