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Where did the German Berne family come from? What is the German Berne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Berne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Berne family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Bern, Berne, Bernn, Bernne, Berns, Bernes, Bernert, Baern, Boern and many more.
First found in Berne, Switzerland, where the family is considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. Founded by Duke Berthold V of Zaehringen (in the Black Forest) in 1191, Berne became a Free City in 1218. Against the invading armies of Rudolph of Habsburg, Berne successfully defended itself and joined the Swiss Confederation in 1353. Berne retains its mediaeval character to this day, and has been the capital of Switzerland since 1848. The majority of its inhabitants speak German and are Protestants, a religious heritage left over from the time of the Reformation. The name comes from the German "Baeren" (bears) and a bear still appears on the city's coat of arms. Other branches bearing this name stemmed from the town Berna in Lusatia. The first individual bearers of this name to be mentioned in ancient chronicles include Bernerus miles de Wil, who was born in Zuerich in 1259.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berne research. Another 459 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1371, 1400, 1590, 1636, 1683, and 1778 are included under the topic Early Berne History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Berne Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Berne Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Berne Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Berne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berne 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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