Berning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The roots of the distinguished German surname Berning lie in the province of Westphalia. The name is of two different possible origins; firstly, it is derived from "Berninghausen," the name of a town in Westphalia. Alternatively, it may indicate "son of Berning," a diminutive of "Bern," which is itself derived from the Old High German "bero," meaning "bear."
Early Origins of the Berning family
The surname Berning was first found in Westphalia, where the name is thought to have first emerged. It was a common practice of the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name was a native of the town of Berninghausen who had settled somewhere else. The young Berning family was instrumental in the development of medieval Westphalian society, and played a significant role in the history of the region.
Early History of the Berning family
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Berning Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Berning, Berninghausen, Berninger, Beringhausen, Behrning, Behrninger, Barning, Barninger and many more.
Early Notables of the Berning family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Berning is the 13,583rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Berning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Berning Settlers in United States in the 20th Century