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The ancestral home of the Berwenger family was in the German state of Bavaria. Berwenger is a local name for a person who lived in Bavaria. The family name Berwenger can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when Bavaria was a region characterized by court intrigue and heroic battles over power and prestige. The Berwenger family was influential to the social and economic development of the region. In an age of rapidly changing political and religious alliances, the bearers of this distinguished name maintained numerous connections with other families in the area.

Berwenger Early Origins



The surname Berwenger was first found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Berwanger became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the region and the nation.

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Berwenger Spelling Variations


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Berwenger Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Berwenger include Berwanger, Berwangen, Berwangger, Berwwanger, Berwangere, Berwanggere, Berewanger, Berewangger, Barwanger, Baerwanger, Barwangen, Baerwangen, Barwangger, Baerwangger, Barwwanger, Baerwwanger, Barwangere, Baerwangere, Barwanggere, Baerwanggere, Barewanger, Baerewanger, Barewangger and many more.

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Berwenger Early History


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Berwenger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berwenger research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1438 and 1480 are included under the topic Early Berwenger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berwenger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berwenger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berwenger 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



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Berwenger or a variant listed above: Phillip Berwanger who was recorded as having arrived in America in 1853; Peter Berwanger who arrived in New York state in 1857; Peter Joseph Berwanger arrived in North America in 1885.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    9. 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).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Berwenger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berwenger 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 27 February 2014 at 11:27.

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