The Buergen surname refers to a citizen of a borough, from the Middle High German "burc," meaning a "fortified town." As a surname, Buergen may also come from one of the many place names in the region.
Early Origins of the Buergen family
The surname Buergen 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 Buergen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buergen research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1851, 1854, 1747, 1794, 1773, 1834, 1881, 1872 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Buergen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Buergen 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 Buergen 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 Buergen family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Buergen 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 Buergen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Buergen family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first Buergens to arrive on North American shores: Johannes Burger who was recorded as having arrived in New Netherlands
in 1663; Evan Burgen arrived in Virginia in 1643; Philip Burgen who arrived in Maryland in 1678.