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Bergen, a Mennonite family name in the Flemish congregations of West Prussia, was first mentioned 1615. In 1776, 15 families of this name were listed in West Prussia (without Danzig) and in 1935, 52 persons (including Elbing). Members of this family spread to Russia and North America. Gerhard van Bergen was the second elder of the Heubuden congregation, serving from 1741-1771. Fritz van Bergen (1900-1941) founded the van Bergen Family Association and also edited its (mimeographed) periodical. A genealogical periodical, Der Berg, Sippenzeitung der Familien van Bergen, appeared from 1934 to 1941, edited by Fritz van Bergen in Frankenau, East Prussia. Isaac I. Bargen was for many years secretary of the Mennonite Aid Society in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. His son Bernhard Bargen was a professor at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. The name Bargen has been found among Mennonite ministers in British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Oklahoma.

Author(s) Gustav Reimer
Date Published 1953

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Reimer, Gustav. "Bergen (van Bergen, Bargen, Baergen, van Bargen, von Bargen, von Bergen) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 22 Jun 2017.,_Bargen,_Baergen,_van_Bargen,_von_Bargen,_von_Bergen)_family&oldid=75396.

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Reimer, Gustav. (1953). Bergen (van Bergen, Bargen, Baergen, van Bargen, von Bargen, von Bergen) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 June 2017, from,_Bargen,_Baergen,_van_Bargen,_von_Bargen,_von_Bergen)_family&oldid=75396.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 278. All rights reserved.

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