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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."

Berning Early Origins



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.

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Berning Spelling Variations


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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.

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Berning Early History


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Berning Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berning research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1668, and 1843 are included under the topic Early Berning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berning Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berning Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berning 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:

Berning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Herm Heinr Berning, who arrived in America in 1838
  • Jodocus Heinr Berning, who landed in America in 1840
  • Sophie Berning, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1896

Berning Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Theodor Berning, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • John Berning, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • John B. Berning, aged 68, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Henny Berning, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • G. John Berning, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berning (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berning (post 1700)



  • Robert Berning (1935-2008), American grocer and principal wine buyer for Trader Joe's specialty grocery store
  • Susie Maxwell Berning (b. 1941), American professional golfer
  • Tina Berning (b. 1969), German artist and illustrator in Berlin
  • Hans Heinrich Berning (b. 1934), founder of Otto Berning & Co., a German company known for producing the Robot surveillance cameras
  • Wilhelm Berning (1877-1955), prominent German bishop

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Berning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berning 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 4 June 2014 at 10:29.

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