Origins Available: German
The ancestral home of the Berlinski family was in the German state of Bavaria
. Berlinski is a local
name for a person 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 Berlinski family emerged as an influential family and they became noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early Origins of the Berlinski family
The surname Berlinski 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.
Early History of the Berlinski family
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Berlinski Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Berlinski include Berlin, Berliner, Berling, Berlen, Burlin, Burling, Barlin, Barling and many more.
Early Notables of the Berlinski family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berlinski family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Berlinski or a variant listed above: Matthew Burlin who was recorded as having arrived in Maryland in 1676; Johanne Caspar Berlen who, with his two daughters and son, arrived in New York City in 1750.
Contemporary Notables of the name Berlinski (post 1700)
- Sina Berlinski (b. 1910), American pianist, piano teacher and voice coach
- Mischa Berlinski (b. 1973), American author
- Herman Berlinski (1910-2001), German-born American composer and organist
- David Berlinski (b. 1942), American educator, who has taught philosophy, mathematics, and English at several US universities