Name Meaning

The name Bernardina is of Latin origin and means “strong, brave bear”. It is a feminine form of the name Bernard, which is derived from the Germanic elements bern “bear” and hard “brave, strong”.


The name Bernardina has been in use since the Middle Ages. It was popularized by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th century French abbot and theologian who was canonized in 1174. The name has also been used in literature, such as in Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote (1605).


The name Bernardina is not currently among the top 1000 most popular names in the United States. However, it does have a long history of usage and is still used today.

Famous People Named Bernardina

There are no famous people named Bernardina, but there are several notable people with the name Bernard:

  • Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), French abbot and theologian
  • Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright and Nobel Prize winner
  • Bernard Baruch (1870-1965), American financier and statesman
  • Bernard Kouchner (born 1934), French politician and diplomat

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