Last name origins & meanings:
- French: regional name for someone from Berry (see Berrier)
or from Berrien, in the department of Finistere.
- The name is borne by a French Huguenot family who fled from
religious persecution in France in the 17th century, first to the
Netherlands and then to North America. Cornelius Jansen Berrien (died
1689) arrived in Flatbush (now a section of Brooklyn, NY) in 1669. In
1685 he moved to Newtown, Long Island.
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