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Burney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and Irish: habitational name from Bernay in Eure, France, named with a Gaulish personal name Brenno + the locative suffix -acum. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Biorna ‘son of Biorna’, a Gaelic form of the Old Norse personal name Bjarni (from björn ‘bear cub’, ‘warrior’). English: variant of Barney 1.

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


Similar surnames: Turney, Barney, Bursey, Burnley, Gurney, Birney, Burley, Cerney

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Where is the Burney family from?

You can see how Burney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Burney families living in North Carolina. This was about 13% of all the recorded Burney's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Burney families in 1840.
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What did your Burney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burney. 25% of Burney men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Burney women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burney 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
    25%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Farming
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Burney. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Burney. For the veterans among your Burney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Burney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Burney in 1941 was 45, and 70 in 2004.

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