Origin of the Surname
(Origin Saxon)   From Bearn or Bairn, a child, and ard (Teutonic), nature, disposition; of a child-like disposition; filial affection. Verstegan brings it from Beorn, heart--one of a stout heart. (Origin French) From the Germanic personal name Bernhard meaning brave and strong.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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