Bergin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Bergin was O hAimheirgin. Aimhirgin means "wondrous birth."

Early Origins of the Bergin family

The surname Bergin was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster.

Early History of the Bergin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergin research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1314 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Bergin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bergin Spelling Variations

The search for the origins of the name Bergin family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Bergin, Berrigan, Baragan, Bergan, Bergen, Mergin, O'Bergin, O'Bergyn, MacBergin and many more.

Early Notables of the Bergin family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bergin Ranking

In the United States, the name Bergin is the 7,357th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Bergin migration to the United States +

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Bergin:

Bergin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Bergin, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • Andrews Bergin, who settled in New York in 1830

Canada Bergin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bergin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Bergin who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Patrick Bergin, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mr. John Bergin, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Columbia" departing 1st May 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Bergin, aged 6 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Abbotsford" departing 23rd April 1847 from Dublin, Ireland; the ship arrived on 21st June 1847 but he died on board [3]

Australia Bergin migration to Australia +

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

Bergin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Bergin, (b. 1793), aged 25, Irish servant who was convicted in Kilkenny, Ireland for 14 years for possession of forged bank notes, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 26th July 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1850 [4]
  • Mr. James Bergin, (b. 1816), aged 22, Irish blacksmith who was convicted in County Laois (Queen's County), Ireland for 7 years for assault, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th May 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1887 [5]
  • Mr. James Bergin, (b. 1793), aged 51, Irish ploughman who was convicted in County Laois (Queens County), Ireland for 7 years for coining, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. William Bergin, (b. 1803), aged 41, Irish farmer who was convicted in County Laois (Queens County), Ireland for 7 years for coining, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1850 [6]
  • Anastasia Bergin, aged 22, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Bergin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bergin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Bergin, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875 [8]
  • John Bergin, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Anne Bergin, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883 [9]
  • Sarah Bergin, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bergin (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Goddard Bergin OBE (1904-1987), American scholar of Italian literature, a "noted particularly for his research on Dante's Divine Comedy and for its translation."
  • Michael John Bergin (b. 1969), American model and actor, born in Naugatuck, Connecticut
  • Major-General William Edward Bergin (1892-1978), American Adjutant-General, Deprtment of the Army (1951-1954) [10]
  • Thomas D. Bergin, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in SAINT John's, 1929; Kingston, 1932 [11]
  • Neil O. Bergin, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 13th District, 2000 [11]
  • John W. Bergin, American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 42nd District, 1967 [11]
  • John J. Bergin, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Prospect, 1946 [11]
  • Frank S. Bergin (b. 1888), American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1924; Member of Connecticut State Senate 10th District, 1929-31 [11]
  • Edward Daniel Bergin Jr. (b. 1943), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1976-85, 1992-95 [11]
  • Edward Daniel Bergin Sr. (d. 1971), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1955-57, 1959-63, 1969-71 [11]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Roger Joseph Bergin, Canadian Fireman Second Class from Saskatchewan, Canada working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) William Bergin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bergin/William_Edward/USA.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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