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Bern Name Meaning

German and Scandinavian: from the personal name Berno, a pet form of Bernhard. South German: habitational name from Bern, Switzerland, notably in the south; in other parts from the personal name Berno.

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


Similar surnames: Bera, Berg, Berk, Benn, Berna, Kern, Bein, Berl, Berns, Bean

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Where is the Bern family from?

You can see how Bern families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bern family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bern families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 25 Bern families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 46% of all the recorded Bern's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Bern families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bern surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bern ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Bern. .

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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
    100%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Bern. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bern 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bern. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Bern. For the veterans among your Bern ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bern lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Bern life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bern in 1954 was 66, and 87 in 2004.

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