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The Burger surname refers to a citizen of a borough, from the Middle High German "burc," meaning a "fortified town." As a surname, Burger may also come from one of the many place names in the region.

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The surname Burger 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.

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 Burger 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burger 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 Burger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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During this period prominent bearers of the name Burger 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 Burger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Burger arrived in North America very early:

Burger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Johannes Burger who was recorded as having arrived in New Netherlands in 1663
  • Johannes Burger, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663
  • Elias Burger, aged 27, landed in New York in 1690

Burger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fryt Burger, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Hans Jacob Burger, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johan Burger, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Peter Burger, who landed in New York in 1715-1716
  • Martin Burger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
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Burger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Maria Burger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Anna Martha Burger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Geo Christian Burger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Gerhard Henry Burger, aged 34, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Johann Nikol Burger, who arrived in North America in 1830
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Burger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Peter Christian Burger, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1752

Burger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Burger, who arrived in Canada in 1833
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  • William Carl Burger (b. 1932), American botanist
  • John H. Burger, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, 1896
  • John Burger, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1802-03
  • James Cardwell Burger (b. 1866), American Republican politician, Member of Colorado State Senate; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1920
  • J. Burger, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 14th District, 1881-82
  • G. F. Burger, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 29th District, 1924
  • Anna Burger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000, 2004; Member of Democratic National Committee from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • John N. Burger, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Union County, 1894-95
  • Josef Burger, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 7th District, 1974
  • Maxwell C. Burger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900
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    Other References

    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Burger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burger 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.

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