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Updated March 27, 2024

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German or Dutch : topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill or mountain, from Middle High German berc.
  • Scandinavian : habitational name for someone who lived at a farmstead named with Old Norse bjarg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’. In Sweden this is commonly found as an element of ornamental names.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German Berg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’, or a short form of any of the many ornamental surnames containing this word as the final element, for example Schönberg (see Schoenberg) and Goldberg.

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