Where did the English barney family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the barney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Barney, Berney, Barny, Berny, Barnie, Bernie, Bernaye, Bairney, Bearnie, Bearny, Bernais, Berneys, Berneyes, Bearnay and many more.
First found in Norfolk and Kent, where they were settled after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name barney or a variant listed above: Jacob Barney who settled in Salem, Mass. in 1620; James Barney settled in Virginia in 1650; Phon Barney who settled in Virginia in 1650. Thomas Barney settled in St. John's Newfoundland 1821.
Suggested Readings for the name barney
* Descendants of Jacob Barney: Salem, Massachusetts, 1634 by Mary E. Westbrook.
* Genealogy of the Barney Family in America by Eugene Dimon Preston.
Some noteworthy people of the name barney
* Jay Barney (1912-1985), American actor
* Joshua Barney (1759-1818), American, commodore in the United States Navy in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812
* Matthew Barney (b. 1967), American, sculptor, actor, director, and writer
* Scott Barney (b. 1979), Canadian professional (NHL) hockey player.
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