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SOURCE: Given Name
OTHER FORMS: Bouchard, Bouchart, Bocard, Burkhard, Burkitt, Burgheard, Burchard, Burckhardt
Meaning & History
English: from an Old English personal name, Burgheard
, composed of the elements burh, burg ‘fort’ (see Burke
) + heard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.
The name was reintroduced into Middle English by the Normans in the forms Bouchart, and Bocard. In the form Burkhard, it was a very popular medieval German name.