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Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Bergen family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Bergen Early Origins



The surname Bergen was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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Bergen Spelling Variations


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Bergen 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 Bergen include Bergen, Berghen, Berggen, Bergenn, Berrgen, Burgen, Burghen and many more.

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Bergen Early History


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Bergen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergen research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1846, 1851, 1853, 1673 and 1530 are included under the topic Early Bergen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bergen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bergen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergen 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



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bergen were

Bergen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hans Hans Bergen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620
  • Martin Gerretsen Van Bergen, who landed in Albany, NY in 1630
  • Hans Hansen Bergen, who arrived in New York in 1633
  • Hans Hansen Van Bergen, who landed in New York, NY in 1633
  • Breckje Hans Bergen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1661

Bergen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Bergen, who landed in New York in 1709

Bergen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh V Bergen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Andrew Bergen, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1835
  • Casper Bergen, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • John Bergen, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1848
  • Bridget Bergen, aged 16, landed in New York in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bergen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Moses B Bergen, who landed in Mississippi in 1900

Bergen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Bergen who settled in St. John's Newfoundland and married in 1814
  • Jacob Bergen, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Abram Bergen, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Cornelius Bergen, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Franz Bergen, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bergen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Honora Bergen, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Mary Bergen, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

Bergen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Anne Bergen arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
  • John Bergen arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergen (post 1700)



  • John Von Bergen Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • Frances Bergen (1922-2006), born Frances Westerman, American actress and fashion model, wife of ventriloq Uist Edgar Bergen
  • William Aloysius "Bill" Bergen (1878-1943), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1901 through 1911
  • Robert "Bob" Bergen (b. 1964), American voice actor, current voice of Porky Pig
  • Anthony Van Bergen, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1835
  • Henry Van Bergen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1896
  • Martin G. Van Bergen, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1814-15
  • Peter Van Bergen (1809-1879), American politician, Village President of Madison, Wisconsin, 1855-56
  • Peter A. Van Bergen, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1801-04
  • Peter W. Van Bergen, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Greene County, 1846
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nullus volat altius ales
Motto Translation: No bird soars higher


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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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    The Bergen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bergen 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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