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Origin and popularity of the name BERG


Berg : 1: 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.2: Norwegian and Danish: habitational name from a farmstead named with Old Norse bjarg ‘mountain hill’.3: 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).4: 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.5: Germanized form of Sorbian Běrk (see Berk).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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