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PHéRō / PHéREIN Nī́Kē > PHERENíKē > BERENíKE

This name derives from the Ancient Greek name “Phereníkē (Φερενίκη) Bereníke (Bερενίκη)”, composed of two elements: “phérō (φέρω) phérein (φέρειν)” (to bring, bear, carry) plus “nī́kē ‎(νῑ́κη)” (victory, success). In turn the name means “she who brings victory”. She who brings victory (influenced by the Church Latin phrase “vera icon” (true image) associated with the legend of Saint Veronica who wiped the face of Jesus on the way to Calvary). Veronica was sometimes wrongly supposed to derive from Latin “vera” (true) and Greek Eikóna “εικόνα” (image). Its popularity in medieval and modern times is based mainly on the importance in Christianity of Saint Veronica and her Veil of Veronica. The Ancient Macedonian form of the name was popularized because of its extensive use as a royal feminine name by the reigning dynasties of the states of the Diadochi of Alexander the Great throughout the Eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic age, most notably by the Ptolemies of Egypt and by the Seleucids of Asia.

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