Berger Family History

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Berger Name Meaning

German, Dutch, Swedish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in the mountains or hills (see Berg). As a Jewish name it is mainly ornamental. It is found as a surname throughout central and eastern Europe, either as a surname of German origin or as a German translation of a topographic name with similar meaning, for example Slovenian Gricar, Hribar, Gorjan or Gorjanc. Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farms so named with the plural of Berg ‘mountain’. French: occupational name for a shepherd, from Old French bergier (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’).

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

Similar surnames: Burger, Bergen, Berge, Berner, Borger, Bergner, Birger, Berges, Beger

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Berger Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Berger name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Berger. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Berger Family Origin

Where is the Berger family from?

Berger Family Occupations

What did your Berger ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Jeweller, Annuitant and Boot Clicker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berger. The most common Berger occupation in the UK was Jeweller. 5% of Berger's were Jewellers. A less common occupation for the Berger family was Charwoman.

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  • Jeweller

  • Annuitant

  • Boot Clicker

  • Charwoman


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Berger ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Berger Historical Records

What Berger family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 211,000 census records available for the last name Berger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berger census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 65,000 immigration records available for the last name Berger. 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 Card

There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Berger. For the veterans among your Berger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berger Life Expectancy

What is the average Berger lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Berger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berger in 1942 was 43, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Berger

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Berger ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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