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Berner Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Bernier. English: from Old English beornan ‘to burn’, hence an occupational name for a burner of lime (compare German Kalkbrenner) or charcoal. It may also have denoted someone who baked bricks or distilled spirits, or who carried out any other manufacturing process involving burning. English: occupational name for a keeper of hounds, from Old Norman French bern(i)er, brenier (a derivative of bren, bran ‘bran’, on which the dogs were fed). Southern English: topographic or occupational name for someone who lived by or worked in a barn, from Middle English bern, barn ‘barn’ + the suffix -er. Compare Barnes. German: habitational name, in Silesia denoting someone from a place called Berna (of which there are two examples); in southern Germany and Switzerland denoting someone from the Swiss city of Berne. German: from the Germanic personal name Bernher meaning ‘lord of the army’. North German: occupational name for a lime or charcoal burner (cognate with 2), from an agent derivative of Middle High German brennen ‘to burn’.

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


Similar surnames: Lerner, Borner, Berger, Barner, Kerner, Bernier, Derner, Burner

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Berner Family Origin

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Berner Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berner. A less common occupation for the Berner family was Cabinet Maker. The most common Berner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Berner's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    22%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Cabinet Maker

    4%

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Berner Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Berner. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Berner. For the veterans among your Berner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berner Life Expectancy

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Berner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Berner in 1947 was 53, and 80 in 2004.

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