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The ancient name of Berge finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a barge-man. Three of the earliest instances of the name were royal bargemen for King Edward III, who reigned from 1327 to 1377. One of these three people's name explicitly indicates the occupational nature of the name Petrus del Barge. A modern transliteration of his name would be Peter of the Barge.

Berge Early Origins



The surname Berge was first found in county Worcestershire, where Robert de le Bergh was recorded in 1221.

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Berge Spelling Variations


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Berge Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Berge family name include Bargery, Bargerey, Barge, Bargeman, Bargman, Bargh, Berge and many more.

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Berge Early History


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Berge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berge research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1579, 1666, 1749 and 1359 are included under the topic Early Berge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berge Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Berge 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Berge surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Berge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Louis Berge settled in Louisiana in 1718
  • Louis Berge arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Louis Berge, who landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jacques Berge, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Christ Berge, who arrived in Long Island in 1781

Berge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hermann Zum Berge, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Herman Zum Berge, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • Thjosolf Berge, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Jacob Berge, aged 23, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Jacobus VanDen Berge, who arrived in Iowa in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert de La Berge, who settled in New France, at the age of 20. He spent most of his life in Ange Gardien, near the city of Quebec, where he established himself as a manufacturer and vendor of lime. He died in 1712 leaving behind him numerous and illustrious descendants throughout French Canada

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berge (post 1700)



  • Edward Henry Berge (1876-1924), American sculptor
  • Louis P. Van Den Berge, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ottawa County, 1959
  • Edward C. Berge, American politician, First Selectman of Westport, Connecticut, 1904
  • Douglas P. Berge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2012
  • Arthur T. Berge (b. 1907), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County 1st District, 1945-48
  • Truman Berge, American officer in the air force in Virginia
  • François Berge, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Syver Berge (b. 1939), Norwegian politician for the Centre Party
  • Arne Berge (1908-1988), Norwegian priest
  • Brynhild Berge (1901-1975), Norwegian Olympic diver
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Berge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berge 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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