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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 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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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk

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Berner Historical Records

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Passenger List

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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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