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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.
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
Barney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Barney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Barney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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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