Bernadine is a first name for girls.
Recently, the name Bernadine has been given only a handful of times a year and is therefore particularly rare, at least in the US. In recent years, not even one girl in 100,000 has been named Bernadine. That means that a girl named Bernadine is exceptional and may not meet another person with the same name her whole life. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Bernadine.
Bernadine is not one of the particularly popular names, in fact in some of the last 142 years it has been given so infrequently that it doesn't even show up in our statistics (here a name is only recorded in those years in which it was given to newborns at least five times). This was, for example, most recently the case in 2020, where the name Bernadine was given at most four times in the entire USA, perhaps even less or not even once. (If you are Bernadine and were born in the USA in 2020 please get in touch with us!) Before that, however, there was a time when the name was significantly more popular - way back in the last century, Bernadine even made it into the top 1,000 of our SmartGenius statistics of the most popular girls' names: In 1931, it ranked on position 254 - a popularity it has never reached again since then.
In years where the graph has no value, the name Bernadine was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.
Even though the popularity of the name Bernadine has fluctuated in the past and there were years when the name was almost not chosen at all by expectant parents, it has without question arrived in the 21st century. In 2021, the name was given a remarkable 5 times by young parents to their newborn daughters and thus landed at #13,162 in the SmartGenius ranking of the currently most popular girls' names. Nevertheless, the name is still so rare that the 5 girls named Bernadine, who are celebrating their second birthday this year, can rightly feel very special, because it is most likely that in their kindergarten they will be the only children who turn around when someone calls 'Bernadine'.
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: 3.2% of all common girls' names in the US begin with a B. This means that B as the first letter for girls' names is neither particularly common nor rare. The most common first letters of girls' names are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.
With nine letters, the name Bernadine is relatively long compared to other names. In fact, 5.6% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly nine letters. 92% of all first names are shorter, while not even 2.5% of all boys’ and girls’ names use ten or more letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long with no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
Thus, if 3.2% of all girls’ names start with a B, this initial letter is slightly less common than all other letters on average. Nevertheless, there are girls' names with B that are quite common in the U.S., the most common at present is Barbara.
If your name is Bernadine and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Bernadine, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Bernadine sounds like this: