The Boerger surname refers to a citizen of a borough, from the Middle High German "burc," meaning a "fortified town." As a surname, Boerger may also come from one of the many place names in the region.
Early Origins of the Boerger family
The surname Boerger was first found in Austria
, where the name Burger made a great early contribution to the feudal
society of early Europe. The Burger family became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which occurred as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Boerger family
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Boerger Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Boerger include Burger, Burgger, Burrger, Burgerr, Buerger, Buergger, Buergerr, Borger, Borgger, Borgger, Borgerr, Boerger, Boergger, Boerrger, Boergerr, Burgen, Buergen, Borgen, Boergen, Burgel, Buergel, Borgel, Boergel, Burgele, Buergele, Borgele, Boergele and many more.
Early Notables of the Boerger family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Boerger were Gottfried August Burger (1747-1794), German Romantic poet, who was best known for his ballad "Lenore" which was... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boerger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Boerger family to the New World and Oceana
The state of Prussia
was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany
. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Boergers to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Boerger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Abram Boerger, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1896
Boerger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henry Boerger, aged 21, who landed in America from Hamburg, in 1902
- Henry Boerger, who settled in America, in 1904
- Mina Boerger, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Germany, in 1910
- Ralph Boerger, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1916
Contemporary Notables of the name Boerger (post 1700)
- Natascha Vanessa Börger Sevilla (b. 1981), former Venezuelan-German model and multiple beauty queen
- Egon Börger (b. 1946), German-born computer scientist based in Italy