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Or, three crescents az.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Berner Coat of Arms and Family Crest

The Berner surname comes from the Norman given name Bernier, which is Germanic in origin, coming from “bern” meaning “bear,” and “hari,” or “army.”   A multitude of spelling variations regulates Norman surnames.  Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. More common variations are: Boerner, Berneri, Bernero, Buerner, Bierner, Bernaer, Bernery, Behner, Bernner, Beriner. The surname Berner first appeared in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Estate of Therfield.

Some of the people with the name Berner who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included Mattys Berner, accompanied by his wife and two children, who arrived in New York State in 1709.  Johan Berner, who landed in New York in 1709.  Mattys Berner, who arrived in New York in 1709.  Georg Ludwig Berner, who landed in New York, NY in 1710.  Andreas Berner, who landed in America in 1748. The following century saw much more Berner surnames arrive.  Some of the people with the surname Berner who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Marg Berner, age 37, who settled in New York City in 1832.  Joseph Berner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839.  Maria Berner, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848.  Salome Berner, aged 17, who landed in New York, NY in 1848.  Johannes Berner, aged 8, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848.

Some of the people with the surname Berner who arrived in the Canada in the 19th century included Carl Berner who noted as having arrived in Quebec in 1850.  Carl Berner, who came to Quebec in 1850. Some of the population with the surname Berner who arrived in  New Zealand in the 19th century included Godfried Berner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship “Queen of Beauty” in 1863.  Elisabeth Berner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Terpsichore” in 1876.

Berner Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Berner blazon is the crescent. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 4A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146xz`, and the crescent Is a typical example of this, and can appear in any of the main heraldic tinctures. Some common is this device that there are special names for its appearance in various orientations – whilst it lies normally with points upward, the decrescent points to the sinister side, and the increscent to the dexter 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Moon. The allusion, obviously is to the shape of the moon in the sky (indeed, the French have a version “figuré” which includes a face!) and has been said to signify both “honour by the sovereign” and “hope of greater glory” 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P106.

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1. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
2. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
3. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
4. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146
7. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Moon
8. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P106