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Bergen Name Meaning

Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill, or a habitational name from any of various places named with this word. German: inflected variant of Berg (originally after a preposition, as in an or zu Bergen). Swedish: variant of Berg. Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of the various German places called Bergen.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Berger, Berge, Berges, Bergan, Bergner, Buren, Bogen, Berven, Berner

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Where is the Bergen family from?

You can see how Bergen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bergen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bergen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 71 Bergen families living in Manitoba. This was about 43% of all the recorded Bergen's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Bergen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bergen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bergen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Daughter were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bergen. 74% of Bergen men worked as a Farmer and 58% of Bergen women worked as a Daughter. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bergen were Farmers Son and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    74%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Labourer
    7%
  • Farmers Son
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Daughter
    58%
  • Housekeeper
    43%
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Bergen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bergen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Bergen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Bergen. For the veterans among your Bergen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bergen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bergen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bergen in 1940 was 41, and 80 in 2004.

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