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Birney Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Morayshire, recorded in the 13th century as Brennach, probably from Gaelic braonach ‘damp place’. Variant spelling of English or Irish Burney.

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

Similar surnames: Burney, Berney, Binney, Barney, Barley, Tirey, Bires, Viney, Birner

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Where is the Birney family from?

You can see how Birney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Birney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Birney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Birney families living in Ohio. This was about 54% of all the recorded Birney's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Birney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Birney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Birney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Birney. 20% of Birney men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Birney women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Birney were Manager and Secretary.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Birney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Birney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Birney. 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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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Birney. For the veterans among your Birney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Birney lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Birney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Birney in 1958 was 60, and 65 in 2004.

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