Show ContentsBerenger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious family surname Berenger originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia. In the 19th century, this state was virtually unrivalled militarily, and its rapid industrial growth made it a contender for economic superiority in Europe as well. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Berenger family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Berenger family

The surname Berenger was first found in Prussia, where the name Beringer became noted for its many branches within the region, where each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Berenger family

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Berenger 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 Berenger include Beringer, Berringer, Beringher, Beringger, Berenger, Berengher, Berengger, Baringer, Baeringer, Barringer, Baerringer, Baringher, Baeringher, Baringger, Baeringger, Barenger, Baerenger, Barengher, Baerengher, Barengger and many more.

Early Notables of the Berenger family (pre 1700)

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Berenger Ranking

In France, the name Berenger is the 2,551st most popular surname with an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 people with that name. [1]

United States Berenger migration to the United States +

The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Berengers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Berenger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicolas Berenger, aged 47, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Jos Berenger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1786 [2]
Berenger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie Berenger, aged 17, who arrived in America, in 1893
Berenger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gaston Berenger, aged 34, who arrived in America from Paris, France, in 1904
  • Camille Berenger, aged 25, who arrived in America from Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • Josef Berenger, aged 19, who arrived in America from Kereny, Hungary, in 1909
  • Phillipe Berenger, aged 29, who arrived in America from La Ciotat, France, in 1918
  • Jacques Berenger, aged 6, who arrived in America from St. Quentin, France, in 1919
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Canada Berenger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Berenger Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Gaston Berenger, aged 35, who arrived in Montreal, Canada, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name Berenger (post 1700) +

  • Tom Berenger (b. 1949), born Thomas Michael Moore, an American Golden Globe, GoldenBoot and Primetime Emmy Award winning television and motion picture actor and industrial lighting designer
  • Clara Berenger (1886-1956), born Clara Strouse, an American screenwriter of the silent film era who used the pseudonym of Charles S. Beranger
  • James Berenger (1780-1831), English animal painter, born 25 Dec. 1780, son of J. Barenger, a chaser, who exhibited water-colour drawings of insects at the Royal Academy [3]

  2. 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)
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019 on Facebook