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Bernthal Family History

Bernthal Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from the Yiddish personal name Ber (‘bear’) + German Thal (now spelled Tal) ‘valley’.

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


Similar surnames: Leventhal, Bernhard, Bertha, Bertram, Berdahl, Bernal, Bertholf

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Where is the Bernthal family from?

You can see how Bernthal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bernthal family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Bernthal families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 19 Bernthal families living in Michigan. This was about 90% of all the recorded Bernthal's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Bernthal families in 1880.
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What did your Bernthal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Minister and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bernthal. 43% of Bernthal men worked as a Minister and 50% of Bernthal women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bernthal were Barber and Teacher.

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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

  • Minister
    43%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Barber
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    50%
  • Teacher
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Bernthal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bernthal 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 167 immigration records available for the last name Bernthal. 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 143 military records available for the last name Bernthal. For the veterans among your Bernthal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bernthal lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Bernthal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Bernthal in 1966 was 84, and 85 in 2004.

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