Origins Available: German
The prestigious family surname Bernart originated in the territory that eventually became the German state of Prussia
. In the 19th century, this state was virtually unrivalled militarily, and its rapid industrial growth made it a contender for economic superiority in Europe as well. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Bernart family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia
, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Bernart family
The surname Bernart was first found in Prussia
, where the name Bernard came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired estates in new areas which, combined with their great contributions to society, served to elevate their social status.
Early History of the Bernart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bernart research.Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1744, 1628, 1692, 1655, 1744, 1794, 1871, 1840 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Bernart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bernart Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Bernart include Bernard, Bernardt, Bernarde, Bernards, Bernart, Bernarts, Bernnardt, Barnard, Baernard, Barnardt, Baernardt, Barnarde, Baernarde, Barnards, Baernards, Barnart, Baernart, Barnarts, Baernarts, Barnnardt and many more.
Early Notables of the Bernart family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Bernart during this time period were Christoph Bernhard (1628-1692), Pomeranian singer and assistant kapellmeister in Dresden in 1655; Joseph Bernard, who received his barony in 1744; Matvey Ivanovich Bernard (1794-1871)... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bernart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bernart family to the New World and Oceana
played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany
until after the Second World War. Prussia
was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bernart were William Barnard who arrived in Virginia in 1622; John Bernard who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634; Thomas Bernard came to Virginia in 1638.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bernart (post 1700)
- Bernart Dorval, President and Chief of La Compagnie Laurentienne/Imperiale since 1990, who lives in Montreal