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Bertram Surname Meaning

German English (mainly in southeastern Scotland of Norman origin) French and Danish: from the ancient Germanic personal name Bertram composed of the elements berht ‘bright famous’ + hramn ‘raven’. The raven was the bird of Odin king of the gods in ancient Germanic mythology. The personal name was common in France throughout the Middle Ages (especially in the form Bertrand ) where its popularity was increased by the fame of the troubadour Bertrand de Born (c. 1140–1214). The name was taken to England by the Normans in the forms Bertran(d) Bertram and Bartram.

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


Similar surnames: Beltram, Beltrami, Beltran, Berry, Berta, Bertran, Bartram, Berteau

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Where is the Bertram family from?

You can see how Bertram families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bertram family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bertram families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 147 Bertram families living in Northumberland. This was about 17% of all the recorded Bertram's in United Kingdom. Northumberland had the highest population of Bertram families in 1891.
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What did your Bertram ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bertram. 25% of Bertram men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Bertram women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bertram were Farm Steward and Domestic Servant. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    25%
  • Shepherd
    12%
  • Bricklayer
    6%
  • Farm Steward
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Bertram. 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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There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Bertram. For the veterans among your Bertram ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bertram lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Bertram life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1961. The average life expectancy for Bertram in 1946 was 26, and 74 in 2004.

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