"brave as a bear"

Bernardine Origin and Meaning

The name Bernardine is a girl's name of French origin meaning "brave as a bear".

Bernardine is really driving home its Bernard connection, for better or worse. Bernadine is the usual form of this name.

Saint Bernardine of Siena was, surprise!, a man, also called Bernardino, a clearer gender signifier. We don't recommend the name Bernardine for your son or your daughter.

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Famous People Named Bernardine

  • (Bernardine Eugénie) Désirée Clary aka DesideriaQueen consort of Charles XIV John of Sweden and Norway
  • Bernardine EvaristoBritish novelist
  • Bernardine Anna Livia Mary BishopEnglish novelist
  • Bernardine FlynnAmerican radio actress
  • Bernardine DohrnAmerican radical and professor of the Weather Underground

Bernardine in Pop Culture

  • "Bernardine" 1957 musical movie