a masculine name: dim. Barney, Bernie; var. Barnard; equiv. Ger. Bernhard
Origin of BernardOld French ; from Old High German Berinhard, literally , bold as a bear ; from bero, bear + hart, bold, hard
1813-78; Fr. physiologist
- Shortened form of Saint Bernard (the dog).
- A male given name.
- A patronymic surname.
Germanic Bernhard, ber(n) "bear" + hard "brave, strong". Popularized by medieval European saints.