Bernel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The German surname Bernel was derived independently from several sources. It was derived from place names, such as Berna, Silesia, or the Swiss city of Berne. Some instances came from the Germanic personal name Bernher. In other cases, the surname came from the German word "berner," or "brenner," which meant someone who used burning as part of their occupation, such as a smelter, or charcoal maker.
Early Origins of the Bernel family
The surname Bernel was first found in Prussia, where the name Berner contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family branched into many houses where family members continued to play a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
Early History of the Bernel family
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Bernel 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 Bernel include Berner, Bernner, Berrner, Bernerr, Bernerre, Bernere, Barner, Baerner, Bernen, Bernel, Bernele, Bernle, Bernnen, Bernnel, Bernnele, Bernnle, Berrnen, Berrnel, Berrnele and many more.
Early Notables of the Bernel family (pre 1700)
Notable figures of the time with the name Bernel were Vincentius von Berner, knighted in 1475 and Justus Friedrich von Berner.
Augustine Bernher ( fl. 1554) was "clerk and servant of Latimer, bishop of Worcester, a Swiss, or, according to Fox, a Belgian. During the reign of Mary he was minister of a congregation in London, and is said to have lived much at Baxterley. " 
Friedrich Wilhelm Berner, born at Breslau, March 16...
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Migration of the Bernel family
The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Bernels to arrive in North America, and among them were: Mattys Berner, accompanied by his wife and two children, arrived in New York State in 1709; Marg Berner, age 37; came to New York City in 1832; Anna Margaretha, Christina, Georg Michael, and Johannes Berner, all of whom are recorded as having arrived in New York City in 1848.
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print