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The origins of the Berger name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Cambridgeshire. This name is a transformation of the Old German name Berg, a local reference distinguishing someone who lived by a hill.

Berger Early Origins



The surname Berger was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Berger Spelling Variations


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Berger Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Berger were recorded, including Bercher, Berger, Berchere, Berchar, Berchaire, Berchair, Burger, Borger and many more.

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Berger Early History


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Berger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berger research. Another 451 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1327, 1500, and 1753 are included under the topic Early Berger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Berger 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Berger family emigrate to North America:

Berger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Kornelis Reusner Berger, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Hans Berger, who arrived in America in 1732
  • Johannes Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Casper Berger, age 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Peter Berger, age 50, 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
  • Elizabeth Berger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Benedict Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Anna Maria Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Michel Berger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • ... (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
  • Karl Frederick Albert Berger, who landed in Alabama in 1917

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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berger (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Frederick S. Berger, American politician, Mayor of Rockville, Connecticut, 1949-55
  • G. A. Berger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932
  • Gertrude Berger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1972
  • Gottlieb R. Berger, American politician, Mayor of Murray, Utah, 1934-41
  • Harold Berger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Harry Berger, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928
  • Helen Berger, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Berger


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Suggested Readings for the name Berger



  • The Genealogical Tree of Charles Berger by Ruth Berger Blake and Mary Blake Dvorak.

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Berger Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Berger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berger 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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