Berge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Berge comes from the Old High German word "berg," which means "mountain." The first bearers of the name no doubt came from a mountain or high ground. The name is often found with the preposition "Van den," which mean "from the." In a low-lying, flat country like the Netherlands any area of higher ground was quite prestigious and as such, this was a popular and prestigious surname.

Early Origins of the Berge family

The surname Berge was first found in Holland, where it is thought to have existed since the 15th century.

Early History of the Berge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berge research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1709, 1748, 1755, 1799, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Berge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Berger, Bergen, Berg, Van Berg, Van Berger, Van Bergen, Van den Berger, Van den Berg, Van der Berg, Van den Bergh and many more.

Early Notables of the Berge family (pre 1700)

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included the counts Van den Berghs, beginning in the 16th century; Johan van den Bergh (1664-1755), mayor of the...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Berge migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Berge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louis Berge, who settled in Louisiana in 1718
  • Louis Berge, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Louis Berge, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Jacques Berge, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Christ Berge, who arrived in Long Island in 1781 [1]
Berge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hermann Zum Berge, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Herman Zum Berge, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]
  • Thjosolf Berge, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Jacob Berge, aged 23, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Jacobus VanDen Berge, who arrived in Iowa in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Berge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Berge (post 1700) +

  • Edward Henry Berge (1876-1924), American sculptor
  • Truman Berge, American officer in the air force in Virginia
  • Louis P. Van Den Berge, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ottawa County, 1959 [2]
  • Edward C. Berge, American politician, First Selectman of Westport, Connecticut, 1904 [3]
  • Douglas P. Berge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2012 [3]
  • Arthur T. Berge (b. 1907), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County 1st District, 1945-48 [3]
  • Thomas Berge (b. 1990), pseudonym of Chiel Ottink, a Dutch singer
  • Pierre Bergé (1930-2017), French industrialist and patron, co-founder of the fashion label Yves Saint Laurent
  • François Berge, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Syver Berge (b. 1939), Norwegian politician for the Centre Party
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) François Berge. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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