The German name Berman is an occupational name for a swineherd, from Middle High German ber ‘boar’ + man ‘man’. The first recorded reference to the name is in 1290 in Esslingen, Germany. In the United Sates the first record is in 1823 when Charles Behrman emigrated to South Carolina from Bremen, Germany. A notable bearer of the name is Martin Behrman (14 October 1864 – 12 January 1926), an American Democratic politician, was the longest-serving mayor in New Orleans history. There are approximately 18,000 bearers of the name Berman in the United States today.
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