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spottypyjamas Mon 20-Jun-16 18:49:01

Opinions on the name Bernard please? Pronounced BERNerd
Nickname Bernie whilst they are younger.
Love old fashioned names.
Thank u smile

Vixxfacee Mon 20-Jun-16 18:49:46

Definitely not my taste so it's a no from me.

oldjacksscrote Mon 20-Jun-16 18:54:04

I like it, I've been reading the book Not Now Bernard most days for about 2 years, It was also a fave of mine as a child. I think the name is charming.

It's unusual enough not to be common but is still a name everyone will have heard of, can pronounce and spell.

dizzyfucker Mon 20-Jun-16 18:55:00

I actually think it's great. It is not common and not used. It will come back, and I was waiting for it to be re-invented. I live abroad and the alternative Bernardo is used a lot here, it has become a very popular name re-established name. Old names like Alfred, Vincent, Sidney etc are all really popular names now. I think it would be nice to break that with an alternative but normal name. There's also Herbert and Hector.

OverAndAbove Mon 20-Jun-16 18:56:40

Hmmm. I always hear it in the voice of Rowan Atkinson in Bernard and the Genie. I probably wouldn't.

spottypyjamas Mon 20-Jun-16 19:23:18

Ha over and above. That's my husbands favourite film randomly.

Katelocks Mon 20-Jun-16 19:30:15

I quite like this. It's my BIL's name but he pronounces it the French way (I think), Berr- NARD.

SleepyRoo Mon 20-Jun-16 21:44:58


Costacoffeeplease Mon 20-Jun-16 21:46:43

Nursey in blackadder or mike and Bernie winters (I'm old)

Neither are great associations for me

AuntieStella Mon 20-Jun-16 21:47:00

I like it, but can't quite shift the image of Nursie from Blackadder.

Costacoffeeplease Mon 20-Jun-16 21:47:23


ThornyBird Mon 20-Jun-16 21:48:22

Dc2 (13) has best friends Berni and Arnold. It made us smile at first but now they are just names smile

Sleeperandthespindle Mon 20-Jun-16 21:48:36

I love it. Annie-Rose's first word.
I know some lovely older Bernards.

2ManySweets Mon 20-Jun-16 21:48:38

Reminds me of Bernard Sumner from New Order.

A good thing.

MotheringShites Mon 20-Jun-16 21:50:03

Makes me think of the guy in Four Weddings who turns out to be surprisingly good in the sack.

MotheringShites Mon 20-Jun-16 21:50:34

But I do like it!

KoalaDownUnder Mon 20-Jun-16 21:51:56

God no. Awful. (Sorry!)

2ManySweets Mon 20-Jun-16 21:53:07

ITV are playing Blue Monday OP! It's a sign!

itmustbemyage Mon 20-Jun-16 21:54:13

Bernard is my sons middle name my DH wanted to use it for his first name (it's a family name) I refused. It seems very 'old man's name' to, me my now teenage son does not like it and would never use it in preference to his given first name.

FlossiesFurCoat Mon 20-Jun-16 22:30:52

I'm not sure the world is ready for the reinvention of Bernard just yet.

Sophronia Mon 20-Jun-16 23:42:35

I like it

DramaAlpaca Tue 21-Jun-16 00:31:12

Hate it, sorry.

Lilacpink40 Tue 21-Jun-16 00:36:21

Don't like it.
Also don't like nn Ber or Bernie.

If you like 'older' names how about Rufus or Douglas?

Mapless Tue 21-Jun-16 00:38:24

It's a big no from me - lots of reasons.

Say the name and hear it simply as a sound, without any word associations (IYSWIM). How does it sound?

OrangesandLemonsNow Tue 21-Jun-16 00:51:53

Big no from me.


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