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Berlinski Surname History


Origins Available: German , Polish


The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Berlinski family. Berlinski is a local name. Berlinski is a name for someone who lived in the city of Berlin, the capital of Germany. The city took its name from a Wendish word which means river rake, or a scaffold of beams built over a river to prevent logs from jamming; the river in question was the Spree. The German name is also found in the Hamburg area, where it may be derived from the village of the same name. Berlin is also an Ashkenazic Jewish local name, derived from the same origins as the German form of the local name. The Berlinski family emerged as an influential family and they became noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


Early Origins of the Berlinski family


The surname Berlinski was first found in Nuremburg, where the name Berlin was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Berlinski family


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Berlinski Spelling Variations


Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Berlinski include Berlin, Berliner, Berling, Berlen, Burlin, Burling, Barlin, Barling and many more.

Early Notables of the Berlinski family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Berlinski family to the New World and Oceana


European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Berlinskis to arrive in North America, and among them were: Matthew Burlin who was recorded as having arrived in Maryland in 1676; Johanne Caspar Berlen who, with his two daughters and son, arrived in New York City in 1750.

Contemporary Notables of the name Berlinski (post 1700)


  • Sina Berlinski (b. 1910), American pianist, piano teacher and voice coach
  • Mischa Berlinski (b. 1973), American author
  • Herman Berlinski (1910-2001), German-born American composer and organist
  • David Berlinski (b. 1942), American educator, who has taught philosophy, mathematics, and English at several US universities

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