Bergan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Bergan family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century.

Early Origins of the Bergan family

The surname Bergan was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century. The name originated in the region of Burgundy in France.

Early History of the Bergan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergan research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1210, 1273, 1273, 1319, 1379, 1500, 1638, 1680, 1682, 1683, 1703, 1764, 1592, 1657 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Bergan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bergan Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Burgon, Burgoin, Burgunie, Burgoyne, Burgoyn, Burgoigne, Burgane, Burgin and many more.

Early Notables of the Bergan family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Bergan migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Bergan name or one of its variants:

Bergan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John W Bergan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Francis Bergan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [1]

Australia Bergan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bergan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Bergan, aged 19, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • William Bergan (aged 28), a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"

Contemporary Notables of the name Bergan (post 1700) +

  • Thomas J. Bergan (1917-2011), American Democratic Party politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 30th District, 1955-56 [2]
  • Mary A. Bergan, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000, 2004 [2]
  • Joseph Norman Bergan (1906-1968), American Democratic Party politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 29th District, 1931-34 [2]
  • Francoise Bergan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2012 [2]
  • Francis Bergan (1902-1998), American Democratic Party politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 3rd District, 1936-58; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 30th District, 1938 [2]
  • Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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