Its source is Berenike, a Greek name meaning "Bringer of victory."
The name Bernita ranked 1506th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
Both this name and the name Veronica are derived from the same source, which features a reference to Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.
The famous sculpture Nike of Samothrace (housed in the Louvre in Paris) captures the feelings of the ancient Hellenic people toward this goddess, without whose triumphant blessing they could never hope to live securely among the constantly warring city-states of the Greek peninsula.