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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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You can see how Berner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Berner families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 35% of all the recorded Berner's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berner families in 1840.
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What did your Berner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berner. 14% of Berner men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Berner women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berner were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 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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There are 7,000 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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What is the average Berner lifespan?

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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