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Berna Family History

Berna Name Meaning

from the Italian personal name Bernardo, or from any other Germanic personal name beginning with Bern-. habitational name from the Swiss city of Bern.

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


Similar surnames: Barna, Bern, Berka, Berta, Bernat, Bena, Bera, Perna, Berry, Berne

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Where is the Berna family from?

You can see how Berna families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berna family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Berna families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 19 Berna families living in Arkansas. This was about 31% of all the recorded Berna's in the USA. Arkansas had the highest population of Berna families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berna surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berna ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berna. 28% of Berna men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Berna women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berna were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Nurse
    15%
  • Teacher
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    15%
  • Stenographer
    15%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Berna. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berna 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Berna. 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 919 military records available for the last name Berna. For the veterans among your Berna ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berna lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Berna life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Berna in 1952 was 25, and 70 in 2004.

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