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Gender: Female Meaning of Berenice: "she who brings victory" Origin of Berenice: Greek

The name Berenice is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "she who brings victory". Berenice and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

A name with a surprising amount of history--it was the name of the wife of Ptolemy I of Egypt, occurs in the New Testament, and belonged to a fourth century saint. In the US, it has long been spelled and pronounced Bernice. Nicknames include Bernie, Berry, Binnie and Bunny.

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Famous People Named Berenice

Berenice IV, sister of Cleopatra VII, the last pharaoh of Egypt
Berenice of Cilicia, 1st century Queen of Judaea
Berenice (born Bernice) Abbott, American photographer
Berenice Bejo, French actress
Berenice Lim Marlohe, French actress
Berenice Sydney, English painter
Maé-Bérénice Méité, French figure skater

Pop Culture References for the name Berenice

Berenice Sadie Brown, black cook with a blue glass eye, married four times, in 'The Member of the Wedding' (1946) by Carson McCullers
Berenice, whose brightly white teeth are drawn by Egaeus while she is in a trance, in Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'Berenice' (1840)
"Berenice," play by Jean Racine (1670)
"Berenice," opera by George Frideric Handel
Variation of Ancient Greek Berenike, from the name Pherenike
Usual English pronunciation: bare-uh-NY-see


JustineAndNames Says:


I just found this out tonight when my SO suggested Veronica and I searched it on nameberry! Wish I'd seen your comment when you'd posted it, but it's definitely put Veronica on my naming radar

EvaThyssen Says:


You could use Veronica, it's a variant of Berenice.

JustineAndNames Says:


This was my Grandmother's name (she went by Berry), and I'd love to honour her, but I'm not the biggest fan. We pronounce it Be-ruh-neece. I love the meaning though.

Catastroffy Says:


I love Berry for short!

vintageluvs Says:


Love this name. It has a certain vintage charm to it, which I like. It isn't a weird name, only underused in the past century. I'm also a fan of Eunice, but only as a guilty pleasure, because she lacks a lot of what Berenice has going for her – namely her nickname options. Berenice (or Bernice, but I prefer this lengthier spelling) can be Binny, Bunny, Bonnie, Bear, Berry (or perhaps Beryl), Benny, Bernie... My favorite has to be Binny. If I were to have a daughter this minute, this would be her name.

AnonymousPerson Says:


Berry for short.