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Where did the Irish Bergin family come from? What is the Irish Bergin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bergin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bergin family history?

The original Gaelic form of Bergin was O hAimheirgin. Aimhirgin means "wondrous birth."


The search for the origins of the name Bergin family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Bergin, Berrigan, Baragan, Bergan, Bergen, Mergin, O'Bergin, O'Bergyn, MacBergin and many more.

First found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergin research. Another 248 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1314 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Bergin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Bergin:

Bergin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Bergin, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Andrews Bergin, who came to New York in 1830


  • Major-General William Edward Bergin (1892-1978), American Adjutant-General, Deprtment of the Army (1951-1954)
  • James Bergin (1845-1880), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Patrick Bergin (b. 1951), Irish actor
  • Michael John Bergin (b. 1969), Irish model and actor
  • Professor Osborn Bergin (1872-1950), Celtic scholar
  • John Daniel "Jack" Bergin FRACP, FRCP (1921-1995), New Zealand neurologist


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The Bergin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bergin 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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