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The BERGER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 43,556 716 0.016 162
United States (1880 census) 6,699 901 0.013 134
Change since 1880 +36857 +185 +0.003 +28
Other Countries
Australia 906 1809 0.006 55
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for BERGER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 4,668 297 0.025 246
California 3,741 805 0.011 110
Pennsylvania 3,462 291 0.028 282
Florida 3,304 539 0.021 207
Ohio 2,626 422 0.023 231
Top States for BERGER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Dakota 591 46 0.092 920
Wisconsin 1,611 267 0.030 300
Pennsylvania 3,462 291 0.028 282
Montana 232 346 0.026 257
New Jersey 2,072 320 0.025 246


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BERGER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BERGER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BERGER in New York than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BERGER by picking someone at random in North Dakota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BERGER

Language of origin: Hebrew

Religious origin: Jewish

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BERGER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BERGER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 736 1.69
Mixed Race 514 1.18
Asian/Pacific 213 0.49
Native American/Alaskan 152 0.35
White (Caucasian) 40,899 93.9
Black/African American 1,041 2.39

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BERGER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BERGER in historical publications

BERGER. Fr. A shepherd.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BERGER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BERGER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BERGER

The following words are slight variants of BERGER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.