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Barney Name Meaning

habitational name from Barney in Norfolk, which is probably named with an Old English personal name Bera (with genitive -n) + Old English eg ‘island’, ‘dry ground in a marsh’. from the personal name Barney, a pet form of Bernard.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Burney, Barley, Barnes, Arney, Baney, Barnaby, Berney, Darney, Barner

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Where is the Barney family from?

You can see how Barney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Barney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 132 Barney families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Barney's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Barney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Barney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Barney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barney. 20% of Barney men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Barney women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barney were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Barney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Barney. For the veterans among your Barney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Barney in 1940 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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