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Berger Name Meaning

German Dutch Swedish and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in the mountains or hills (see Berg ). The surname of German origin is also found in many other European countries e.g. in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Russia Poland Czechia Hungary and Croatia and Slovenia often as a translation into German of corresponding Slavic topographic names or surnames. As a Jewish name it is mainly artificial. Compare Bargar Barger Barker Barrier and Barriger . French: occupational name from Old French bergier ‘shepherd’ (from Late Latin berbicarius from berbex ‘ram’). It is also found in England as a surname of Huguenot origin. Compare Shepard . Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farms so named with the plural of Berg ‘mountain’. French Canadian: shortened form of German Nürnberger (see Nurnberger ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Burger, Bergen, Berge, Berner, Borger, Bergner, Birger, Berges, Beger

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Where is the Berger family from?

You can see how Berger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berger families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 355 Berger families living in Quebec. This was about 59% of all the recorded Berger's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Berger families in 1911.
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What did your Berger ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Dressmaker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Berger. 32% of Berger men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Berger women worked as a Dressmaker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berger were Labourer and Institutrice. .

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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
  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Dressmaker
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Institutrice
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Census Records

There are 211,000 census records available for the last name Berger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berger 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 65,000 immigration records available for the last name Berger. 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 65,000 military records available for the last name Berger. For the veterans among your Berger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berger lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Berger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berger in 1942 was 43, and 79 in 2004.

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