Origin: French, English Meaning: French feminine form of Bernard, derived from Germanic elements bern “bear” and hard “brave, hardy”, referring to someone who is brave and hardy like a bear


Origin: Russian Meaning: the Russian form of Greek Artemios, meaning either “safe” or “a butcher”; according to Wikipedia, the name could also possibly be linked to Greek arktos, meaning “bear”, or “to shake”; it could perhaps also come from Persian origin from arta, art, arte, all meaning “great, excellent, holy”.

Arturo, Arthur

Origin: Spanish, Italian, English Meaning: debated. It could come from Celtic artos “bear” + rigo. It may also come from the Roman cognomen Artorius although its meaning us unknown, and yet it could also be derived from the Greek Arcturus, meaning “bear guardian”, although that might be a bit of a stretch, Variants: Artur, Art, Arthur, Artair