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The Berlin surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Berlin is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Berlin was given to someone who lived in the city of Berlin, the capital of Germany. The city took its name from a Wendish word which means river rake, or a scaffold of beams built over a river to prevent logs from jamming; the river in question was the Spree. The German name is also found in the Hamburg area, where it may be derived from the village of the same name. Berlin is also an Ashkenazic Jewish local name, derived from the same origins as the German form of the local name. The Berlin family emerged as an influential family and they became noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Berlin Early Origins



The surname Berlin was first found in Nuremburg, where the name Berlin was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Berlin Spelling Variations


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Berlin 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 Berlin include Berlin, Berliner, Berling, Berlen, Burlin, Burling, Barlin, Barling and many more.

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Berlin Early History


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Berlin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berlin research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1725 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Berlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berlin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berlin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Berlin 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



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Berlin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Berlin, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Georg Frederich Berlin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Jacob Berlin, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Abraham Berlin, who landed in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Abraham Berlin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738

Berlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Berlin, who settled in Galveston, Texas in 1839
  • Georg Berlin, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Mr. Berlin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Friederike Berlin, who arrived in New York in 1851
  • J Berlin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berlin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berlin (post 1700)



  • Jeff Berlin (b. 1943), American Jazz bassist
  • Irving Berlin (1888-1989), American composer and lyricist, and one of the most prolific American songwriters in history
  • Sir Isiah Berlin (1909-1997), British (Russian born), political philosopher and historian
  • Sir Isaiah Berlin (b. 1912), Russian/English philosopher and historian

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    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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    The Berlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berlin 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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