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ˈbɜrk li; for 2,3 also Brit. ˈbɑrk-berke·ley

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Berkeley, Bishop Berkeley, George Berkeleynoun

    Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)

  2. Berkeleynoun

    a city in California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay; site of the University of California at Berkeley


  1. Berkeleynoun

    from the words beorce léah meaning birch lea.

  2. Berkeleynoun

    transferred from the surname.

  3. Berkeleynoun

    Any of several places, including a city in California.

  4. Berkeleynoun

    The University of California in Berkeley


  1. berkeley

    Berkeley can refer to multiple entities, including: 1. The University of California, Berkeley: A prestigious public research university located in Berkeley, California and one of the flagship institutions of the University of California system. 2. Berkeley, California: a city on the eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay in Northern California. It is home to the aforementioned UC Berkeley. 3. Berkeley (surname): A surname of English origin, also used as a given name. 4. Earl of Berkeley: A title in Peerage of England; The Berkeley family of England has held this title for a significant period. 5. Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD): A Unix operating system derivative developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group of the University of California, Berkeley. 6. Berkeley (automobile): A former British manufacturer of microcars and sports cars in the 20th century. The meaning is dependent on the context in which it is used.


  1. Berkeley

    Berkeley was one of several ferryboats of the Southern Pacific Railroad that for sixty years operated on San Francisco Bay between the Oakland Pier and the San Francisco Ferry Building. Built in 1898 by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, she served after the 1906 earthquake, ferrying refugees across the bay to Oakland. Berkeley was in regular service from 1898 to the spring of 1958, when she was taken out of service for repairs. She never returned to service, as Southern Pacific decided to end all ferry service on July 29, 1958. Berkeley was put up for sale, and was purchased by the Golden Gate Fishing Company to be used as a whaling processing facility. Before she was put to this use, however, she was sold to ferryboat enthusiast and businessman Bill Conover. Conover had Berkeley docked in Sausalito, a small town on the Bay in Marin County, and converted her into a gift shop called "Trade Fair". However, Berkeley was not well-maintained in her gift shop incarnation and 12 years of serious deterioration took a toll. In 1973, she was sold to the Maritime Museum of San Diego. She was towed out of San Francisco Bay by tug on May 31, 1973 arriving 3 days later in San Diego where she was subsequently restored. She currently serves as the main "building" of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Berkeley

    a town in Gloucestershire, famous for its cattle.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Berkeley is ranked #20172 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Berkeley surname appeared 1,322 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Berkeley.

    61.8% or 818 total occurrences were White.
    27.7% or 367 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 56 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.3% or 44 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 31 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Berkeley in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Berkeley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Berkeley in a Sentence

  1. Shannon Arthur:

    You saw Berkeley, seeing people really get hurt and bloody is something we don't want for our school population.

  2. Spencer Brown:

    Young America’s Foundation has worked to bring Ben Shapiro to more than 30 college campuses in the past few semesters, and so we’ve seen campuses pull out all the stops in attempts to block him from speaking or ensure that the event is limited in size or accessibility, uC Berkeley’s attempts to block Ben from campus have failed because they met their match in YAF.

  3. Tamiko Strickman:

    Many that we found which had CCRTs were smaller, and Berkeley was a very comparable, we thought, institution to look at, so, spent a lot of time learning about Coordinated Community Response Teams.

  4. Steve Beissinger:

    When we go back and resurvey places [in Joshua Tree] that the early scientists at UC Berkeley visited a century ago, we find about half as many birds, and that's because it's warmed and dried so much, what we're seeing is a whole kind of change in a community; a collapse in the case of birds. For park managers, there's limits of what they can actually do to reverse this because of the climate change effects.

  5. Michael Wolfson:

    If Berkeley was a tremor, Philadelphia is an earthquake, and we expect there will be more earthquakes going forward.

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