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Where did the English Barney family come from? What is the English Barney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Barney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Barney family history?The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Barney family name to the British Isles. They lived in Norfolk and Kent, where they settled after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The Barney family originally came from Bernay in Calvados, Normandy, and it is to that location that their name refers.
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.
First found in Norfolk and Kent, where they were settled after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barney research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Barney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Barney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Barney 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.
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 Barney or a variant listed above were:
Barney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jacob Barney who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620
- Jacob Barney, who landed in Massachusetts in 1630
- Jacob Barney who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634
- Jacob Barney settled in Salem/Massachusetts in 1635
- James Barney settled in Virginia in 1650
Barney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Barney arrived in Connecticut in 1720
- John Barney, who landed in Connecticut in 1720
Barney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Barney, who landed in America in 1804
- Patrick Barney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- R. Barney, aged 27, settled in New Orleans in 1823
- J. N. Barney arrived in San Francisco in 1850
- B N Barney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
Barney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Barney settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1821, he was from Pitdown, Kilkenny, Ireland
- Rebecca Barney, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
- Chauncey Edward Barney (1915-1989), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1952
- Charles Neal Barney (1875-1949), American Republican politician, Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1906-07; Presidential Elector for Massachusetts, 1908; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 7th District, 1916
- Carl F. Barney (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Mayor of Marion, Indiana, 1935-42
- C. T. Barney, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912
- Austin Dunham Barney (1896-1971), American Republican politician, First selectman of Farmington, Connecticut, 1926-27; Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1940
- Augustus Barney, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Frelighsburg, 1884
- Asa C. Barney, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1815-16
- Alvin C. Barney, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1871
- Gail Barney, American politician, Mayor of Queen Creek, Arizona, 2013
- Helen Barney, American politician, Member of Iowa American Independent State Central Committee, 1971
- Descendants of Jacob Barney: Salem, Massachusetts, 1634 by Mary E. Westbrook.
- Genealogy of the Barney Family in America by Eugene Dimon Preston.
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
The Barney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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