Berger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Berger family

The surname Berger was first found in the northern provinces which would later form Prussia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Important Dates for the Berger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berger research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1584 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Berger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berger Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Berger include Berger, Bergher, Bergger, Burger, Burgher and others.

Early Notables of the Berger family (pre 1700)

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Berger migration to the United States

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Berger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Kornelis Reusner Berger, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Berger, who arrived in America in 1732 [1]
  • Johannes Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Casper Berger, age 30, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Peter Berger, age 50, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Berger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Barbara Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Elizabeth Berger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Benedict Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Anna Maria Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Michel Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Berger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Harry Berger, who landed in Alabama in 1917 [1]
  • Karl Frederick Albert Berger, who landed in Alabama in 1917 [1]

Berger migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Berger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Berger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Philip Berger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Berger migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Berger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles W. Berger, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [2]
  • George Berger, aged 40, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [3]
  • Mary Berger, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [3]
  • Augustus Berger, aged 6, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [3]
  • Edwin Berger, aged 3, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Berger (post 1700)

  • Wolfgang "Wolf" Helmut Berger (1937-2017), German-American oceanographer, geologist, micropaleontologist and emeritus professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California
  • Barbara Berger (1930-2016), American baseball catcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (1945-2015), American political consultant, United States National Security Advisor (1997-2001)
  • Samuel Berger (1884-1925), American gold Olympic medalist for boxing at the 1904 games
  • Peter Ludwig Berger (b. 1929), American ( Austrian born) sociologist and theologian
  • Thomas Berger (b. 1924), American novelist, best known for his novels "Crazy in Berlin" (1958) and "Little Big Man" (1964)
  • Charles W. Berger, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 17th District, 1980- [4]
  • Charles E. Berger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 [4]
  • Carl Berger, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 2nd District, 1920 [4]
  • Becky Berger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012 ; Candidate in primary for Texas railroad commissioner, 2012 [4]
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Berger family

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  • Walter Berger (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]
  • Johannes Berger (1921-1941), German Funkgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]
  • Albert Berger (1921-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]

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Citations

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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