(44 Posts)
Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 15:49:08

OK, immediate reactions are usually awful but say it over a few times and it grows on you.....

Reasons I like it:

- sounds unusual and a little french (dont think it is)
- I like the nn of Bea or Bunny or even Bernie (kind of cute and tomboyish, cheeky)
- it means to bring victory
- origin is Greek, so it has some classic roots (although its not the original form)
- I liked the book Bernice Bobs Her Hair by Scott Fitzgerald

What do you think?

BigGiantCowWithAKnockKnockTail Sun 24-Feb-13 15:50:24

I've tried saying it a few times but I'm afraid I just can't get past the Emmerdale barmaid. Sorry.

LynetteScavo Sun 24-Feb-13 15:53:30


Wasn't the Grandpa in Thomas and the magic railroad called Bernice?

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 15:54:37

I just googled Bernice Emmerdale - is she a horrible character? I dont think that would bother me even if she was as I dont watch it.

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 15:55:36

Haha, I have no idea what Thomas and the magic railroad to google again.

BigGiantCowWithAKnockKnockTail Sun 24-Feb-13 15:55:55

It was years ago. Not horrible, just quite annoying. She's the only Bernice I've ever come across.

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 17:14:15

First thing that comes to my mind when I think of Bernice is: Bernard.

It's a clunky, unfeminine name to my ears, sorry OP.

There are so many more lovlier names for baby girls, please think of something else.

Sashapineapple Sun 24-Feb-13 17:16:00

Sorry I think it's awful and doesn't sound nice at all.

eachtigertires Sun 24-Feb-13 17:30:46

It's not terrible but I don't like it personally.

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 17:43:03

To be a bit more helpful, there's a great website here:

that gives lots of links to suitable alternatives to Bernice, including the literary connection that you mentioned (if you want an alternative, that is.)

perplexedpirate Sun 24-Feb-13 17:44:23

Isn't it the vicar from League of Gentlemen?
If not, that's what it reminds me of.

perplexedpirate Sun 24-Feb-13 17:45:51

Just checked, yes it was.
Not a great association...

vitaminC Sun 24-Feb-13 17:46:49

I much prefer the French name Bérénice!

PuddingWhine Sun 24-Feb-13 17:49:32

No, it won't grow on me. There are names of that era which are pre-old lady and I could be persuaded to like many of them, even Beryl, Meryl, Miriam, Norah... but no not Berenice. or Bernice. She'd end up being Bernie which is just dreadful. I always felt a bit sorry for Bernies growing up and I knew a few. It was short for Bernadette, but that's another name I could say a hundred times and it would never grow on me.

TidyDancer Sun 24-Feb-13 18:02:16

It's a really nice name, but Bea and Bunny are not really nicknames of it. Bea is Beatrice and I think Bunny is just generic isn't it? Bernie is the standard nickname, which is quite pretty IMO.

Bare in mind it's quite a dated name now, which doesn't bother me tbh, but it would some. The youngest Bernice I know is in her 60s.

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 18:05:22

According to Nameberry, Bunny is a usual NN for Bernice, as is Binnie. Still doesn't make it work for me, though.

FellatioNels0n Sun 24-Feb-13 18:06:08

I quite like it. but I much prefer Bernadette.

TidyDancer Sun 24-Feb-13 18:08:35

Bunny is a generic nn for all B names, it's not specific to Bernice.

I've known a number of people named Bernice, and they've all used Bernie as a nn. Bunny just makes me think of Charlotte's evil MIL in SATC.

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 24-Feb-13 18:31:09

Bernie is very popular in Ireland for women in their fifties!

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 19:02:19

Funny it doesnt strike me as a senior name at all.

But no-one likes it - if one or two people really liked it, I think I would ignore everyone else but I can't saddle the poor child with something that is universally disliked.......

Bunny is a bit of a crap nn anyhow.

What about:


EnjoyResponsibly Sun 24-Feb-13 19:07:02

Nope. All I get is Bernice Nolan.

Just feel like dancin' grin

Chottie Sun 24-Feb-13 19:08:12

Sorry no.......

Just makes me think of the Nolan sisters <showing my age>

So I would say 'no'.

What about Beatrice if you like Bea?

Viviennemary Sun 24-Feb-13 19:10:38

I'm not very keen on it but it's not awful. I knew a Bernice and she wasn't a very nice person. And also that barmaid Bernice on Emmerdale. So not really.

scaevola Sun 24-Feb-13 19:11:21

I'd prefer Berenike, or Berengaria.

TheEscapeGoat Sun 24-Feb-13 19:12:10

Juno and Sylvia are lovely - and so is Sylvie (knew a very beautiful little girl called Sylvie once) and I decided I really liked Sybil during the week. The presenter on Farming Today this week was called Sybil (Ruscoe) - very pretty name.

racingheart Sun 24-Feb-13 19:15:16

I love Sylvie. I knew a beautiful Sylvie too.

LottieJenkins Sun 24-Feb-13 19:17:02

Emmerdale!!!!!!!! Enough said!!

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 19:18:41

I couldnt see who Bernice Nolan was nor indeed have I heard of her.

However just stumbled upon this Bernice

If the baby looked like her then she certain would have the advantage of beauty (although I would be convinced there had been a mix up at the hospital).

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 19:24:01

Nolan sisters - get it now. Doh.

I don't watch much TV so wouldnt really be influenced if there was some random soap character with the same name that I liked. Given there are 100s and 100s of channels there has got to be a character in some show for every name.

I really like Sybil actually - hadnt considered that one before. Thnx! And yes, there is a Sybil in Faulty Towers - and no it doesnt put me off smile

Sylvie is very pretty - I think I would use that as a nn.

Claudie is quite cute too for a little Claudia

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 19:37:04

I do like Beatrice but I have a friend with a little girl of that name and I would feel like I was copying. All the good names are taken or massively popular.

nectarini1983 Sun 24-Feb-13 19:52:44

Who'd really give someone called Bunny a job when shes older! Apart from in a strip club!! Yuck.

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 20:16:40

Agreed Bunny is not under consideration - never was.

I'd like to think if she decided to make a career in striping she'd come up with a more exotic stage name - he he.

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 21:04:55

I like Sylvia; like Sylvie even better smile

Juno is a bit faddy for me (can't get past never having heard of it before the eponymous film) and although I like Claudia, I don't like the meaning ('lame one').

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 21:10:08

Other names like Sylvia:


MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 21:10:52

Not 'Vanilla' but 'Camilla'! flippin' autocorrect!!

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 21:32:01

didnt know that was the meaning of Claudia. must admit it has put me off.

Noelle is very nice.

Happysurprise Sun 24-Feb-13 21:33:02

I did think it stuck out as a bit hippy compared to your other suggestions smile

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 21:36:08


I kind of go off on one when I get my baby-name hat on smile Kind of a trippy zen .. it's starts off with names similar to what the person originally suggested, then drastically diversifies ...

MolotovCocktail Sun 24-Feb-13 21:37:16

And you meant Noelle, not Vanilla/Camilla, right? grin

MidnightMasquerader Sun 24-Feb-13 23:38:54

I went to school with a Bernece (slightly different spelling) - tall, whippet thin, chic brunette. I like the name.

squoosh Mon 25-Feb-13 00:34:12


All good names.

Bernice? It's such a lumpen name. Not pretty at all.

Happysurprise Mon 25-Feb-13 16:48:42

Boo - Ok, you have all convinced me, Bernice is off.

Juno is my favourite - is it REALLY becoming more popular? There were only 30 babies named it in 2010 but perhaps the increase is in the last 2 years. Not sure why that would be as the film was released around 5-6 years ago now. Or perhaps there was a whole segment of us watching it in our late 20's/early 30's who are now having children? Hmmm.

Such as shame that Claudia means lame, it doesnt bother me that much but imagine as she gets older and researches it .....not very inspiring is it?

Molotov - meant that vanilla sounded a bit hippy'ish compared to the others, knowing it was actually Camilla makes sense. I like it, very pretty in itself but Camilla Parker Bowles......she always comes to mind and puts me off it.

squoosh Mon 25-Feb-13 17:07:16

I don't think Juno is actually becoming that much popular, it's just mentioned fairly often on MN. See also Persephone and Ptolemy!

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