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Bern Early Origins



The surname Bern was first found in Berne, Switzerland, where the family is considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. Founded by Duke Berthold V of Zaehringen (in the Black Forest) in 1191, Berne became a Free City in 1218. Against the invading armies of Rudolph of Habsburg, Berne successfully defended itself and joined the Swiss Confederation in 1353. Berne retains its mediaeval character to this day, and has been the capital of Switzerland since 1848. The majority of its inhabitants speak German and are Protestants, a religious heritage left over from the time of the Reformation. The name comes from the German "Baeren" (bears) and a bear still appears on the city's coat of arms. Other branches bearing this name stemmed from the town Berna in Lusatia. The first individual bearers of this name to be mentioned in ancient chronicles include Bernerus miles de Wil, who was born in Zuerich in 1259.

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Bern Spelling Variations


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Bern Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bern, Berne, Bernn, Bernne, Berns, Bernes, Bernert, Baern, Boern and many more.

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Bern Early History


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Bern Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bern research. Another 459 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1371, 1400, 1590, 1636, 1683, and 1778 are included under the topic Early Bern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bern Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bern Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bern 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:

Bern Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Anastasius Bern, who came to Philadelphia in 1740
  • William Bern arrived in America in 1743
  • Daniel Bern, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Johannes Bern, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Peter Bern, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bern Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Bern, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Sophie Bern, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1869

Bern Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bern arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bern (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bern (post 1700)



  • Dan "Bernstein" Bern (b. 1965), American guitarist, singer, songwriter, novelist and painter
  • Paul Bern (1889-1932), German-born, American film director, screenwriter and producer for MGM
  • Howard Alan Bern (b. 1920), American professor of zoology and a research endocrinologist
  • Ivar Bern (b. 1967), Norwegian chess player

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bern Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bern 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 18 April 2016 at 20:38.

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