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The history of the Berman family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in any of several places of this name in the counties of Middlesex and Kent having derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead.

Berman Early Origins



The surname Berman was first found in Kent, where Barham is a village and civil parish in the City of Canterbury. It was listed as Bioraham in 799 and later as Bercheham in the Domesday Book.[1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The first record of the surname was Warine de Berham, as holding lands in Kent in 1203.

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Berman Spelling Variations


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Berman Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Barham, Bareham, Barrham, Braham, Bearham, Bereham and many more.

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Berman Early History


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Berman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berman research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1535, 1390, 1391, 1634, 1621, 1595, 1667, 1625 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Berman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard de Berham, Sheriff of Kent (1390-1391); Sir Edward Barkham (died 1634), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berman 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Berman name or one of its variants:

Berman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Berman, who arrived in Virginia in 1623

Berman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Berman, who landed in New York in 1709

Berman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • N Berman, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Pincus Berman, who landed in Arkansas in 1867
  • Emanuel Berman, aged 36, arrived in San Francisco, California in 1868
  • Johann Berman, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1879

Berman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sam Edward Berman, who arrived in Alabama in 1913
  • Samuel Berman, who landed in Alabama in 1917

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berman (post 1700)



  • Maurie Berman (1926-2015), American restaurateur, co-founder of the Superdawg drive-in hot dog stand with carhop service in Chicago, Illinois, listed in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
  • Herbert Berman (1933-2014), American politician, Member of the New York City Council (1975-2001)
  • Marshall Berman (1940-2013), American philosopher and Marxist Humanist writer
  • Brigadier-General Morris Berman (1891-1945), American Commander of San Antonio Air Service (1943-1944)
  • Sheldon Leonard "Shelly" Berman (b. 1926), American comedian, writer, teacher, and actor
  • Richard Keith Berman (b. 1945), American television producer perhaps most famous for his work as the executive producer of several Star Trek series and movies
  • Helen M. Berman (b. 1943), American Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University
  • Harold J. Berman (1918-2007), American Ames professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Emory University for more than sixty years
  • Lazar Naumovich Berman (1930-2005), Russian classical pianist
  • Karel Berman (1919-1995), Czech opera singer, composer and opera director
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Berman


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Suggested Readings for the name Berman



  • Genealogy of the Berman and Related Families by Julian Berman.

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Berman Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Berman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berman 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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