Berns Family History

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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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Berns Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Berns name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Berns Family Origin

Where is the Berns family from?

Berns Family Occupations

What did your Berns ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Meal Dealer and Ship Joiner were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Berns. The most common Berns occupation in the UK was Meal Dealer. 33% of Berns's were Meal Dealers. A less common occupation for the Berns family was Wesleyan Local Preacher Labourer.

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  • Meal Dealer

  • Ship Joiner

  • Wesleyan Local Preacher Labourer


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

Berns Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Berns. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berns 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Berns. 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 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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Berns Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Berns 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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