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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. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    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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