Barny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Barny family

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

Important Dates for the Barny family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barny research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Barny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barny Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Barney, Berney, Barny, Berny, Barnie, Bernie, Bernaye, Bairney, Bearnie, Bearny, Bernais, Berneys, Berneyes, Bearnay and many more.

Early Notables of the Barny family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Barny family to Ireland

Some of the Barny family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barny migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Barny or a variant listed above:

Barny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Baptist Barny, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]

Barny migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard Barny was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1844 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barny (post 1700)

  • Frederick Sutton Barny (1900-1973), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Dublin, 1927-29; Port Said, 1932 [3]
  • Barny M. P. Boatman (b. 1956), English professional poker player


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
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