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The history of the Barnay family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Norfolk and Kent, where they settled after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The Barnay family originally came from Bernay in Calvados, Normandy, and it is to that location that their name refers.

Barnay Early Origins



The surname Barnay was first found in Norfolk and Kent, where they were settled after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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Barnay Early History


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Barnay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barnay research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Barnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barnay Spelling Variations


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Barnay Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Barney, Berney, Barny, Berny, Barnie, Bernie, Bernaye, Bairney, Bearnie, Bearny, Bernais, Berneys, Berneyes, Bearnay and many more.

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Barnay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Barnay Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Barnay In Ireland


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Barnay In Ireland



Some of the Barnay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Barnay or a variant listed above were: Jacob Barney who settled in Salem, Massachusetts 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.

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