Type Surname (from location & from nickname)
Pronounced Pron. BAIR-vald(Swedish) [key]
Other Forms FormsBernwald, Bärwald
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Meaning & History
Originally derived from the given name Bernwald, composed of Old High German bern, bero "bear" and wald "ruler". Later altered to Bärwald "bear forest", from German Bär "bear" and Wald "forest". Also a habitational name from places named Bärwalde and Beerwalde in Germany.