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.

Important Dates for 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)

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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 [1]
  • Andrews Bergin, who settled in New York in 1830

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 [2]
  • 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 [2]

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
  • Anastasia Bergin, aged 22, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [3]
  • Bridget Bergin, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Elizabeth Bergin, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

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
  • 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
  • Sarah Bergin, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Bergin (post 1700)

  • Major-General William Edward Bergin (1892-1978), American Adjutant-General, Deprtment of the Army (1951-1954) [4]
  • Thomas D. Bergin, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in SAINT John's, 1929; Kingston, 1932 [5]
  • Neil O. Bergin, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 13th District, 2000 [5]
  • John W. Bergin, American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 42nd District, 1967 [5]
  • John J. Bergin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Prospect, 1946 [5]
  • Frank S. Bergin (b. 1888), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1924; Member of Connecticut State Senate 10th District, 1929-31 [5]
  • Edward Daniel Bergin Jr. (b. 1943), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1976-85, 1992-95 [5]
  • Edward Daniel Bergin Sr. (d. 1971), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1955-57, 1959-63, 1969-71 [5]
  • Daniel P. Bergin, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Chicago Heights, Illinois, 1927-35; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932 [5]
  • Michael John Bergin (b. 1969), Irish model and actor
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Bergin family

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 [6]

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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) William Bergin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bergin/William_Edward/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ 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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