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This interesting name is of Norman origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066 in the French form "Bernart". The Normans adopted the name from the Germanic "Bernhard", composed of the elements "ber(n)", bear, with "hard", brave, hardy, strong, and the introduction of this form reinforced the existing Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Beornheard", which had the same meaning of "bear-brave". The name was very popular among the Normans and English during medieval times, due partly to the fame of St.

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