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

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Berger include Berger, Bergher, Bergger, Burger, Burgher and others.

First found in the northern provinces which would later form Prussia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berger research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1584 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Berger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Berger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Kornelis Reusner Berger, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Hans Berger, who arrived in America in 1732
  • Johannes Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Casper Berger, age 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Peter Berger, age 50, arrived in Philadelphia in 1740


Berger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Barbara Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Elizabeth Berger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Benedict Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Anna Maria Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Michel Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803


Berger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Harry Berger, who landed in Alabama in 1917
  • Karl Frederick Albert Berger, who landed in Alabama in 1917

Berger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Charles W. Berger, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"
  • George Berger, aged 40, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Mary Berger, aged 38, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Augustus Berger, aged 6, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Edwin Berger, aged 3, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849


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  • Thomas Berger (b. 1924), American novelist, best known for his novels "Crazy in Berlin" (1958) and "Little Big Man" (1964)
  • Peter Ludwig Berger (b. 1929), American ( Austrian born) sociologist and theologian
  • Samuel R "Sandy" Berger (b. 1945), American lawyer and politician, US National Security Advisor under President Bill Clinton
  • Samuel Berger (1884-1925), American gold Olympic medalist for boxing at the 1904 games
  • Erna Berger (1900-1990), German soprano singer
  • Hans Berger (1873-1941), German psychiatrist
  • John Berger (b. 1926), influential art critic and novelist
  • Gaston Berger (1896-1960), French philosopher and psychologist
  • Gerhard Berger (b. 1959), Austrian F1 driver
  • John Peter Berger (b. 1926), English novelist

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  • The Genealogical Tree of Charles Berger by Ruth Berger Blake and Mary Blake Dvorak.
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  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Berger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berger 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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