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The name Berkman is derived from the Low German word "berke," or "birke" which means "birch." Thus it is assumed that the first bearers of the Berkman family name originally lived near birch trees.

Berkman Early Origins



The surname Berkman was first found in Hamburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Berchmann 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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Berkman Spelling Variations


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Berkman Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Berchmann, Bercmann, Bercman, Berchman, Berkmann, Berkman, Berckmann, Berckman, Berkemann, Berkeman, Birkmann, Birkman, Birkemann, Birkeman, Birckmann and many more.

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Berkman Early History


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Berkman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berkman research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berkman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berkman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berkman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Berkman 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:

Berkman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Berkman, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Christian Berkman, age 26, arrived in Philadelphia, in 1738
  • Peter Berkman settled in Maryland in 1764
  • Jon Coenraied Berkman who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1795
  • Josshiea Berkman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1795

Berkman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Berkman, aged 34, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • A Berkman, who arrived in Texas in 1850
  • I Berkman, who landed in Texas in 1850
  • Israel Berkman, who arrived in Texas in 1850
  • O Berkman, who arrived in Texas in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berkman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Berkman who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • Jacob Berkman, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
  • Peter Berkman, who landed in Manitoba in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berkman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berkman (post 1700)



  • Peter Berkman (b. 1854), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 39th District, 1889-90; Member of South Dakota State Senate 34th District, 1893-94
  • Gene L. Berkman, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 43rd District, 1992, 1994, 1996
  • Craig Berkman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1972
  • Cliff Berkman, American politician, Mayor of Victoria, Texas, 1954-55
  • Lillian Berkman, American corporation executive and an art collector, New York
  • Jack Neville Berkman, American lawyer and executive, New York
  • William Lance Berkman (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball player
  • Louis Berkman (b. 1910), American steel company executive, CEO of Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation, Ohio
  • Alexander Berkman (1870-1936), American (Russian immigrant), writer, and radical anarchist
  • James I Berkman (b. 1913), prominent American pathologist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Berkman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berkman 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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