Show ContentsBernecker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bernecker 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 Bernecker family

The surname Bernecker 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 Bernecker family

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Bernecker Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bernecker include Berneck, Bernecker, Bernech, Berneche, Bernneck, Bernecker, Bernach, Bernache, Bernnache, Bernack, Bernacker, Berneger, Bernicke and many more.

Early Notables of the Bernecker family (pre 1700)

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United States Bernecker migration to the United States +

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Bernecker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Bernecker, who settled in Philadelphia in 1853
  • Gotthold Bernecker, who settled in America in 1854
  • J. Bernecker, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
  • Gottold Bernecker, who landed in America in 1859 [1]
Bernecker Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marie Bernecker, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Karoly Bernecker, aged 17, who landed in America from Trauman, in 1906
  • Rheinhard Bernecker, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Emma Bernecker, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Ensingen, Germany, in 1922
  • Jessie Bernecker, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bernecker (post 1700) +

  • Walther Ludwig Bernecker, German historian and educator specializing in late American and Spanish history
  • Sven Bernecker, German Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester

  • Robert Bernecker (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook