Origins Available: Irish
The ancestors of bearers of the Birny family name are thought to have come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name is derived from the place name Brennath, in Moray The village of Birnie was originally called Brenuth, from "brae-nut," which means "hazel trees." Natives of Birnie, using a local
dialect, also called the village "Burn-nigh," which means near the burn river. This local name, particularly in medieval times, is prefixed by 'de', which means '"from."
Early Origins of the Birny family
The surname Birny was first found in Elginshire
a former county in northeastern Scotland
, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, Scotland, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Birny family
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Birny Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Birnie, Birney, Birny, Birnye, Byrnye, Byrny, Berney, Birne, Byrne, McBirny, McBirnie, McBurny, McBurnie and many more.
Early Notables of the Birny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birny family to Ireland
Some of the Birny family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Birny family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Birnie who settled in Philadelphia in 1811; David Birney settled in Philadelphia in 1840; William McBerney settled in New York State in 1804; James McBirney settled in Philadelphia in 1844.
The Birny Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sapere aude, incipe
Motto Translation: Dare to be wise, begin at once.