The surname Bernache is thought to be derived from the Germanic personal name
Bernhard, composed of the elements "bern," which means "bear" and "hard," which means "hardy," "brave," or "strong."
Early Origins of the Bernache family
The surname Bernache was first found in Westphalia
, where the family Berneck came from humble beginnings, but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society.
Early History of the Bernache family
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Bernache 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 Bernache include Berneck, Bernecker, Bernech, Berneche, Bernneck, Bernecker, Bernach, Bernache, Bernnache, Bernack, Bernacker, Berneger, Bernicke and many more.
Early Notables of the Bernache family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bernache family to the New World and Oceana
For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them: Elias Berneger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738; Ludwig Bernicke who arrived in New York City in 1782; John Bernecker, who settled in Philadelphia in 1853.