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Berg Family History

Berg Surname Meaning

German and Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill or mountain from Middle High German berc Middle Dutch berghe. This surname is also found in some other parts of Europe e.g. in France (Alsace and Lorraine) and Poland. Compare Dutch Vandenberg . Norwegian and Danish: habitational name from a farmstead named with Old Norse bjarg ‘mountain hill’. Swedish: topographic or ornamental name from berg ‘mountain hill’ or a habitational name from a place called Berg or from a placename containing the word berg. The surname which is also found in Finland may also be of German origin (see 1 above). Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Berg ‘mountain hill’ or a short form of any of the many artificial surnames containing this word as the final element for example Schönberg (see Schoenberg ) and Goldberg . Germanized form of Sorbian Běrk (see Berk ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Borg, Burg, Berk, Beck, Berge, Bergo, Bergh, Barg, Berl, Oberg

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Where is the Berg family from?

You can see how Berg families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berg family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berg families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 204 Berg families living in London. This was about 67% of all the recorded Berg's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Berg families in 1891.
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What did your Berg ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Master Tailor and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Berg. 24% of Berg men worked as a Master Tailor and 76% of Berg women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berg were General Labourer and Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • Master Tailor
  • Ladies Tailor
  • Tailor
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 244,000 census records available for the last name Berg. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berg 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 104,000 immigration records available for the last name Berg. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 91,000 military records available for the last name Berg. For the veterans among your Berg ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berg lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Berg life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Berg in 1941 was 54, and 77 in 2004.

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