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The masculine given name Bernard is of Germanic origin.<ref>Albert Dauzat, Noms et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980. p. 38, New completed edition by Marie-Thérèse Morlet.</ref>

The meaning of the name is from a Germanic compound Bern-hard meaning "bear-hardy/brave/strong", or "hardy/brave/strong as a bear".<ref name="ancestry">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Bern- is the old form of bear, from West Germanic *beran-.<ref>T. F. Hoad, English Etymology, Oxford University Press 1993. p. 36.</ref>


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