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Berge Name Meaning

Norwegian and Swedish: variant of Berg from the dative form. As a Norwegian surname this is a habitational name from any of numerous farms so named all over the country. German: topographic name for a person by or on a hill from an extended form of Berg (formerly with a preposition with dative case e.g. am Berge). French: topographic name for someone who lived on a steep river bank from Old French berge ‘river bank’. Compare Laberge . French (Bergé): variant of Berger either French meaning ‘shepherd’ or German. Compare Barga . French: variant of Barge ‘boat barge’. English: variant of Bergh .7: English: metathesized form of Bridge . The -e- represents the southeastern vowel development in Middle English of Old English /y/ in brycg ‘bridge’ (compare Burge ). Compare also Birge .

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


Similar surnames: Berger, Bergen, Berke, Berg, Bergo, Berges, Borge, Barge, Bergh

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Where is the Berge family from?

You can see how Berge families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berge family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berge families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Berge families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Berge's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berge families in 1840.
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What did your Berge ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Berge. 24% of Berge men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Berge women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berge were Salesman and Maid. .

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Berge. 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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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Berge. For the veterans among your Berge ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berge lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Berge life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Berge in 1943 was 53, and 69 in 2004.

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