Origin of the Name Bergin
The ancient history of the name Bergin
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Bergin
include O'Bergin, Bergan and Berrigan. These names are derived from the Gaelic O'hAimheirgin sept, which translates as 'wondrous birth'. This Gaelic sept is from the barony of Geashill in County Offaly and has always been associated with the Leix-Offaly area. They were occasionally called MacBergin as evidenced by the records which show Father Thady MacBergin as Prior of Lorrha. One of the most noteworthy of the many ecclesiastics of the name was the Cistercian Abbot Luke Bergin, who was one of the many Catholic martyrs under the Cromwellian regime. One record of the family of County Offaly assumed the non-Gaelic surname Burgoyne.
The Bergin coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Bergin descendants.