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The Berner surname comes from the Norman given name Bernier, which is Germanic in origin, coming from "bern" meaning "bear," and "hari," or "army."

Berner Early Origins



The surname Berner was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Therfield. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands in Essex at Roding Berniers (Roothing Berners) and Bernston who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. They are believed to be descended from Hugh de Berniers in Normandy near Falaise. They also held in Cambridge at Eversdon, his main domain. Rooting Berners "derives its distinguishing affix from Hugh de Berners, to whom the manor at one time belonged. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The same gentleman held estates in Barnston, again in Essex. "The manor was held by Hugh de Berners and his descendants for many generations, and from them obtained its name Bernerstown, now corrupted into Bernston or Barnston." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The alter tomb in West Horsley, Surrey has an effigy of "one of the Berners, a family who resided there about the time of Richard II." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Berner Spelling Variations


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Berner Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Berner, Berners, Berniers, Burner, Burners, Burniers, Barners, Bearners and many more.

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Berner Early History


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Berner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berner research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1265, 1510, 1600, 1504, 1467, 1533, 1495, 1529, 1516 and 1518 are included under the topic Early Berner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berner Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Berner or a variant listed above:

Berner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mattys Berner, accompanied by his wife and two children, arrived in New York State in 1709
  • Johan Berner, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Mattys Berner, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Georg Ludwig Berner, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Andreas Berner, who landed in America in 1748
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marg Berner, age 37, came to New York City in 1832
  • Joseph Berner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Maria Berner, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Salome Berner, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Johannes Berner, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Carl Berner who was listed as having arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Carl Berner, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Berner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Godfried Berner arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Elisabeth Berner, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Terpsichore" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berner (post 1700)



  • Lewis Berner (b. 1915), American biologist
  • Robert Arbuckle Berner (b. 1935), American educator
  • T Roland Berner (b. 1909), American corporate executive and lawyer
  • Peter Berner (b. 1924), Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist

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Berner Historic Events


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Berner Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert V Berner (b. 1898), Irish Leading Writer serving for the Royal Navy from Tullyvery, County Down, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Berner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berner 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.

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