The surname Berra is thought to derive from a place name. There is a municipality of Berra in the province of Ferrara, in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna; as a surname, Berra no doubt meant "one who hailed from Berra."
, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. One of the first records of the name was of a Berra, whose members were lords of Berra, Zoetto, Falicone, and Caudalunga. Antonio Berra was awarded the title of
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