Show ContentsBarner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Barner emerged in Pomerania, a territory of Germany and a maritime province of Prussia. Pomerania is bounded on the south by Brandenburg, on the west by Mecklenburg, and on the east by Poland. During the 5th century, Pomerania was settled by Pommern, a Slavic tribe. Pommern, which means on the sea, became the name of this region during the reign of the Charlemagne.

Early Origins of the Barner family

The surname Barner was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would shape European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Barner family

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Barner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Barner, Baerner, Berner and others.

Early Notables of the Barner family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the name Barner at this time were Christian Frederick Boerner (1683-1753), German professor of theology at Leipzig who once held the Codex Boernerianus, a manuscript of the New Testament...
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Barner Ranking

In the United States, the name Barner is the 5,514th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Barner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothy Barner, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
Barner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Barner, who arrived in Philadelphia, in 1749
  • Zacharias Barner, age 30, settled in America in 1776
Barner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jan Barner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [2]
  • Jacob Barner, who settled in New York City in 1820
  • Ernst Victor Barner, aged 40, who landed in Missouri in 1846 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barner (post 1700) +

  • Kenjon Barner (b. 1989), American NFL football running back for the Carolina Panthers
  • William Barner Lienhard (1930-2022), American gold medalist basketball player who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics

  • Kurt Barner (1916-1941), German Obermaschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Walter Ray Barner, American Seaman Second Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from
  4. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook