Girl name origins & meanings
- French : Brave as a bear
- English : Intelligent; Feminine version of Bernard
Girl name variations
Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : Brook
Family name origins & meanings
- English (of Norman origin) and Irish : habitational name from Bernay in Eure, France, named with a Gaulish personal name Brenno + the locative suffix -acum.
- Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Biorna ‘son of Biorna’, a Gaelic form of the Old Norse personal name Bjarni (from björn ‘bear cub’, ‘warrior’).
- English : variant of Barney 1.