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Multiple Origins for the Surname Bergsma



The surname Bergsma comes from the Old High German word "berg," which means "mountain." The first bearers of the name no doubt came from a mountain or high ground. The name is often found with the preposition "Van den," which mean "from the." In a low-lying, flat country like the Netherlands any area of higher ground was quite prestigious and as such, this was a popular and prestigious surname.

Bergsma Early Origins



The surname Bergsma was first found in Holland, where it is thought to have existed since the 15th century.

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Bergsma Spelling Variations


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Bergsma Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Berger, Bergen, Berg, Van Berg, Van Berger, Van Bergen, Van den Berger, Van den Berg, Van der Berg, Van den Bergh and many more.

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Bergsma Early History


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Bergsma Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergsma research. Another 214 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1709, 1748, 1755, 1799, and 1873 are included under the topic Early Bergsma History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bergsma Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bergsma Early Notables (pre 1700)



From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included the counts Van den Berghs, beginning in the 16th century; Johan van den Bergh (1664-1755), mayor of the...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergsma 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bergsma Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Douwe Douwes Bergsma, aged 37, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Jelle Bergsma, who landed in Iowa in 1849
  • Ulke Bergsma, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1853
  • H. C. Bergsma, who settled in Indiana in 1861
  • Klaas Bergsma, who arrived in 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergsma (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergsma (post 1700)



  • Michael Bergsma, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008, 2012

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Bergsma Family Crest Products


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Bergsma Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München: 1975. 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 Bergsma Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bergsma 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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