Bergen Family History

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Bergen Name Meaning

Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill, or a habitational name from any of various places named with this word. German: inflected variant of Berg (originally after a preposition, as in an or zu Bergen). Swedish: variant of Berg. Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of the various German places called Bergen.

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

Similar surnames: Berger, Berge, Berges, Bergan, Bergner, Buren, Bogen, Berven, Berner

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Bergen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bergen name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bergen. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Bergen Family Origin

Where is the Bergen family from?

Bergen Family Occupations

What did your Bergen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bergen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Bergen's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bergen family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bergen.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bergen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bergen Historical Records

What Bergen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Bergen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bergen 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Bergen. 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 Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Bergen. For the veterans among your Bergen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bergen Life Expectancy

What is the average Bergen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bergen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bergen in 1940 was 41, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bergen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bergen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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