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The surname Berger was 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.

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.


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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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  • Barbara Berger (1930-2016), American baseball catcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (1945-2015), American political consultant, United States National Security Advisor (1997-2001)
  • Samuel Berger (1884-1925), American gold Olympic medalist for boxing at the 1904 games
  • Frederick S. Berger, American politician, Mayor of Rockville, Connecticut, 1949-55
  • G. A. Berger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932
  • Gertrude Berger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1972
  • Gottlieb R. Berger, American politician, Mayor of Murray, Utah, 1934-41
  • Harold Berger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Harry Berger, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928
  • Helen Berger, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996

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  • The Genealogical Tree of Charles Berger by Ruth Berger Blake and Mary Blake Dvorak.
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  2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. 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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