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Berger is a surname in both German, and French, although there is no etymological connection between the names in the two languages. The French surname is an occupational name for a shepherd, from Old French bergier (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex 'ram'). The German surname derives from the word Berg, the word for "mountain" or "hill", and means "a resident on a mountain or hill", or someone from a toponym Berg, derived from the same. The pronunciation of the English name may sometimes be /ˈbɜːrər/ BUR-jər following the French phonetics (the German is /ˈbɜːrɡər/ BUR-gər). Notable people with this surname include:



  • Andreas Berger (born 1961), Austrian track and field sprinter
  • Barbara Berger (born 1930), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • Chris Berger (1911–1965), Dutch sprinter
  • Daniel Berger (born 1993), American professional PGA Tour golfer
  • David Mark Berger (1944–1972), American-born Israeli weightlifter; Maccabiah champion (middleweight); one of the 11 hostages murdered in the Munich massacre
  • Frederick Berger (1849-?), American professional baseball umpire
  • Gerhard Berger (born 1959), Austrian Grand Prix racing driver
  • Han Berger (born 1950), Dutch football coach
  • Ilana Berger (born 1965), Israeli tennis player
  • Ike Berger (born 1936), US Olympic champion weightlifter (featherweight), 2-time silver; 2-time Pan American champion; 23 world records
  • Jan Berger (footballer, born 1976), Czech-Swiss football midfielder
  • Jay Berger (born 1966), American tennis player; highest world ranking # 7
  • Johann Berger (1845–1933), Austrian chess master, theorist, endgame study composer, author and editor
  • Lars Berger (born 1979), Norwegian biathlete
  • Mark Berger (born 1954), Canadian Olympic silver & bronze (judo heavyweight)
  • Maxie Berger (1917–2000), Canadian world champion junior welterweight boxer
  • Norma Berger (born 1932), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player and sister of Barbara Berger
  • Ola Berger (born 1979), Norwegian ski mountaineer and cross-country skier
  • Olia Berger (born 1983), Canadian judoka
  • Patrik Berger (born 1973), Czech football midfielder
  • Ruud Berger (born 1980), Dutch football midfielder
  • Sam Berger (1900–1992), Canadian football team owner
  • Samuel Berger (1884–1925), US Olympic champion heavyweight boxer
  • Tora Berger (born 1981), Norwegian biathlete and sister of Lars Berger
  • Wally Berger (1905-1988), mostly Boston Braves slugger of the 1930s




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