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The original Gaelic form of Bergan was O hAimheirgin. Aimhirgin means "wondrous birth."

Bergan Early Origins



The surname Bergan was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster.

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Bergan Spelling Variations


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Bergan Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Bergan revealed many variations, including Bergin, Berrigan, Baragan, Bergan, Bergen, Mergin, O'Bergin, O'Bergyn, MacBergin and many more.

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Bergan Early History


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Bergan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergan research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1314 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Bergan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bergan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bergan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Bergan or a variant listed above:

Bergan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John W Bergan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Francis Bergan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852

Bergan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Bergan, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • William Bergan (aged 28), a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergan (post 1700)



  • Thomas J. Bergan (1917-2011), American Democrat politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 30th District, 1955-56
  • Mary A. Bergan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000, 2004
  • Joseph Norman Bergan (1906-1968), American Democrat politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 29th District, 1931-34
  • Francoise Bergan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2012
  • Francis Bergan (1902-1998), American Democrat politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 3rd District, 1936-58; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 30th District, 1938

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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Bergan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bergan 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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