Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Czech, Slovak, and Polish : from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Bernhard.
  • Hungarian : from a pet form of the personal names Bernát (see Bernhard) or Bertalan (see Bartholomew).
  • German : habitational name from any of several places named with Germanic birka ‘birch tree’, notably in Hesse and Thuringia.