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Berne Early Origins



The surname Berne 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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Berne Spelling Variations


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Berne 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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Berne Early History


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Berne Early History



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

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Berne Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berne Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Berne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Clough Berne, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Berne, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651

Berne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wilhelm Berne, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Berne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Berne, who landed in New York in 1844

Berne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Berne, a coach-smith, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berne (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berne (post 1700)



  • Robert Matthew Berne (b. 1918), American professor of psychology, specializing in cardiovascular psychology

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Berne Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Berne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berne 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 23 September 2010 at 15:36.

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