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Berlin Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Berlin Families

  • Number of Berlin families
     121 - 240
     41 - 120
     1 - 40
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Berlin families
     18 - 33
     7 - 17
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Berlin families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Berlin Family Origin

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Berlin Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Berlin

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Berlin Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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