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Berenice (Ancient Greek: Βερενίκη, Bereníkē) is the Ancient Macedonian form of the Attic Greek name Φερενίκη (Pherenikē), which meant "bearer of victory" from Ancient Greek φέρω (pherō), meaning 'to bear', and νίκη (nikē), meaning 'victory'.[1] Berenika, priestess of Demeter in Lete ca. 350 BC, is the oldest epigraphical evidence.[2][3] The name also has the form Bernice. An additional Latin form of the same name is Veronica.

Many historical figures bear the name Berenice:

Ancient world[edit]

Ptolemaic and Seleucid queens and royal daughters in Cyrenaica and Egypt[edit]

Judean princesses[edit]



Modern era[edit]


  1. ^ Berenike, Liddell and Scottt, "A Greek-English Lexicon", at Perseus
  2. ^ Lete Epigraphical Database
  3. ^ Macedonian Institutions Under the Kings by Miltiadēs V. Chatzopoulos


  • Berenice Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Berenice" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 769.