A contracted form of Berenice, which is ultimately derived from the Greek name Pherenike, meaning “bringing victory.” Does this mean you’ll need to build a trophy shelf in little Bernice’s room? Heh. Make that an entire trophy wall.
Famous people named Bernice:
Novelists Bernice Rubens and Bernice Morgan; psychologist Bernice Neugarten; civil rights activist Bernice Fisher; first female weather forecaster in the U.S., Bernice Ackerman.
The birth name of actress Bea Arthur is Bernice Frankel.