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The ancient German region of the Rhineland, gave birth to the family name of Berggren. At first, people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in the Rhineland. Among the most common forms of surname found in the Rhineland are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an "eke-name" or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name was derived from the German word "burc," which means a "fortified town." The surname Berggren was a name for a person who lived in a town.

Berggren Early Origins



The surname Berggren was first found in the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Berggren Spelling Variations


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Berggren 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 Berggren include Berg, Bergh, Berghe, Bergg, Berge, Bergge, Burg, Burgh and many more.

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Berggren Early History


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Berggren Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berggren research. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1716, 1834, and 1842 are included under the topic Early Berggren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berggren Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berggren Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berggren 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



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Berggren, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Berggren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Berggren, who arrived in Valparaiso, Chile in 1850
  • Anna Berggren, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1869

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berggren (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berggren (post 1700)



  • Wes Berggren (1971-1999), American musician
  • Dick Berggren (b. 1942), American motorsports announcer and magazine editor
  • Axel W. Berggren, American politician, Representative from New York 43rd District, 1936, 1952
  • Jan Å Berggren (b. 1946), well known Swedish Real Estate developer
  • Arne Berggren (b. 1960), Norwegian novelist, children's writer, songwriter and rock musician
  • Liza Berggren (b. 1986), Swedish fashion model and former Miss World Sweden
  • Christian Berggren (b. 1950), Swedish professor of Industrial Management
  • Magnus Berggren (b. 1968), Swedish professor of organic electronics
  • Sven Berggren (1837-1917), Swedish botanist, explorer and university professor
  • Evy Berggren (b. 1934), Swedish gymnast and Olympic champion
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    11. ...

    The Berggren Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berggren 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 November 2015 at 09:13.

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