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Where did the Dutch Bergen family come from? What is the Dutch Bergen family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bergen family history?

The surname Bergen comes from the Old High German word "berg," which means "mountain." The first bearers of the name no doubt came from a mountain or high ground. The name is often found with the preposition "Van den," which mean "from the." In a low-lying, flat country like the Netherlands any area of higher ground was quite prestigious and as such, this was a popular and prestigious surname.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Berger, Bergen, Berg, Van Berg, Van Berger, Van Bergen, Van den Berger, Van den Berg, Van der Berg, Van den Bergh and many more.

First found in Holland, where it is thought to have existed since the 15th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergen research. Another 214 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1709, 1748, 1755, 1799, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Bergen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 60 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bergen Settlers in the 17th Century


  • Hans Hans Bergen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620
  • Martin Gerretsen Van Bergen, who landed in Albany, NY in 1630
  • Hans Hansen Bergen, who arrived in New York in 1633
  • Hans Hansen Van Bergen, who landed in New York, NY in 1633
  • Breckje Hans Bergen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1661

Bergen Settlers in the 18th Century


  • Hans Bergen, who landed in New York in 1709

Bergen Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Joh V Bergen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • John Bergen who settled in St. John's Newfoundland and married in 1814
  • Andrew Bergen, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1835
  • Casper Bergen, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • John Bergen, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1848


Bergen Settlers in the 20th Century


  • Moses B Bergen, who landed in Mississippi in 1900

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  • Candice Patricia Bergen (b. 1946), American five-time Emmy Award, two-time Golden Globe winning American actress
  • Edgar Bergen (1903-1978), born Edgar John Bergren, American ventriloq Uist, actor and radio performer known for his double entendres with Charlie, his dummy and his fictional feuds with W.C. Fields, inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, father of Candice Bergen
  • William Benjamin Bergen, American aerospace engineer, who became President of Aerospace Operations in 1971
  • Polly Bergen (b. 1930), American Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and entrepreneur
  • Steve von Bergen, Swiss footballer
  • Robert "Bob" Bergen (b. 1964), American voice actor, current voice of Porky Pig
  • William Aloysius "Bill" Bergen (1878-1943), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1901 through 1911
  • Frances Bergen (1922-2006), born Frances Westerman, American actress and fashion model, wife of ventriloq Uist Edgar Bergen


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The Bergen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bergen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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