Bernhard Family History
Bernhard Name Meaning
German Dutch Danish Swedish Norwegian and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the ancient Germanic personal name Bernhard composed of the elements ber(n) ‘bear’ + hard ‘brave hardy strong’. As a Jewish name this is an adoption of the German name because it has the same beginning as the Jewish name Ber . The surname of German origin is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). See also Bernard compare Barnard Barnhard Barnhart and Bernhardt .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press