Last name origins & meanings:
- Dutch, Czech, and Polish: from a reduced form of a Germanic personal name formed with ber ‘bear’ (see Bernhard).
- Dutch and North German (van Berk): topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German berke ‘birch’.
- German: of Slavic (Sorbian) origin, an occupational name for a collector of taxes.
- Slovenian: unexplained.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Berg.
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