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Berns Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: patronymic from Bern, a variant of Bernd. Latvian: from a short form of the personal name Bernards (see Bernhard).

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


Similar surnames: Beins, Bens, Bern, Borns, Bernd, Berne, Bernt, Berni, Sens, Boers

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Where is the Berns family from?

You can see how Berns families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berns family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berns families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Berns families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Berns's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berns families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berns surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berns ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berns. 19% of Berns men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Berns women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berns were Salesman and Housewife.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Manager
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Berns. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Berns. For the veterans among your Berns ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berns lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Berns life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berns in 1949 was 42, and 80 in 2004.

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