Berlin Family History

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Berlin Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic) and German: habitational name from the city of Berlin, capital of Germany. This city takes its name from a West Slavic word meaning ‘river rake’, a scaffold of beams built over a river to prevent logs from jamming; the river in question is the Spree. Folk etymology, however, has put a bear into the arms of the city, as if the name were derived from Bärlin, a diminutive of Bär ‘bear’. The German name is also found in the Hamburg area, where it may be derived from the village of the same name, but uncertain origin, in Holstein. In some cases the Jewish name may be a patronymic from a pet form of the Yiddish personal name Ber (see Berenson).

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

Similar surnames: Perlin, Serlin, Merlin, Belin, Bellin, Berling, Oberlin, Ballin, Brin

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Berlin Family Origin

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Berlin Family Occupations

What did your Berlin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Berlin. 21% of Berlin men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Berlin women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berlin were Hunter and Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son
  • Hunter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Servant

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

Berlin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Berlin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berlin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Berlin. 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 Card

There are 123,000 military records available for the last name Berlin. For the veterans among your Berlin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berlin Life Expectancy

What is the average Berlin lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Berlin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berlin in 1947 was 37, and 79 in 2004.

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