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Berney Name Meaning

English: variant of Burney . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Biorna ‘son of Biorna’. See Burney 2 and McBurney . French: from a derivative of the personal name Bernard or any other name composed of the ancient Germanic element ber(n) ‘bear’. Jewish (American): from a derivative of the Yiddish personal name Ber .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Berne, Berley, Barney, Birney, Burney, Bergey, Benney, Berner, Berry

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Where is the Berney family from?

You can see how Berney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berney families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Berney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Berney's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berney families in 1840.
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What did your Berney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Berney. 16% of Berney men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Berney women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berney were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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
    16%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    16%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Berney. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Berney. For the veterans among your Berney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berney lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Berney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Berney in 1959 was 48, and 81 in 2004.

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