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Berg Family History

Berg Name Meaning

German or Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill or mountain, from Middle High German berc. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe. Scandinavian: habitational name for someone who lived at a farmstead named with Old Norse bjarg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’. In Sweden this is commonly found as an element of ornamental names. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Berg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’, or a short form of any of the many ornamental surnames containing this word as the final element, for example Schönberg (see Schoenberg) and Goldberg.

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


Similar surnames: Borg, Burg, Berk, Beck, Berge, Bergo, Bergh, Barg, Berl, Oberg

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Where is the Berg family from?

You can see how Berg families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berg family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berg families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 12 Berg families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 44% of all the recorded Berg's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berg families in 1840.
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What did your Berg ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berg. 15% of Berg men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Berg women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berg were Carpenter 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 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 104,000 immigration records available for the last name Berg. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 91,000 military records available for the last name Berg. For the veterans among your Berg ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berg lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Berg life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Berg in 1941 was 54, and 77 in 2004.

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