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Berger Name Meaning

German, Dutch, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in the mountains or hills (see Berg). As a Jewish name it is mainly ornamental. It is found as a surname throughout central and eastern Europe, either as a surname of German origin or as a German translation of a topographic name with similar meaning, for example Slovenian Gricar, Hribar, Gorjan or Gorjanc. Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farms so named with the plural of Berg ‘mountain’. French: occupational name for a shepherd, from Old French bergier (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’).

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


Similar surnames: Burger, Bergen, Berge, Berner, Borger, Bergner, Birger, Berges, Beger

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Where is the Berger family from?

You can see how Berger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berger families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 77 Berger families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Berger's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berger families in 1840.
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What did your Berger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berger. 9% of Berger men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Berger women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berger were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    5%
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Census Records

There are 211,000 census records available for the last name Berger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berger 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 65,000 immigration records available for the last name Berger. 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 65,000 military records available for the last name Berger. For the veterans among your Berger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berger lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Berger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berger in 1942 was 43, and 79 in 2004.

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