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The ancestors of bearers of the Birney family name are thought to have come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name is derived from the place name Brennath, in Moray The village of Birnie was originally called Brenuth, from "brae-nut," which means "hazel trees." Natives of Birnie, using a local dialect, also called the village "Burn-nigh," which means near the burn river. This local name, particularly in medieval times, is prefixed by 'de', which means '"from."

Birney Early Origins



The surname Birney was first found in Elginshire a former county in northeastern Scotland, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Birney Spelling Variations


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Birney Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Birnie, Birney, Birny, Birnye, Byrnye, Byrny, Berney, Birne, Byrne, McBirny, McBirnie, McBurny, McBurnie and many more.

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Birney Early History


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Birney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birney research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1261 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Birney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Birney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birney In Ireland


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Birney In Ireland



Some of the Birney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Birney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Birney, aged 24, arrived in New Jersey in 1812
  • Richard Birney, who landed in Mississippi in 1823
  • David Birney settled in Philadelphia in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Birney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Birney (post 1700)



  • Tom Birney (b. 1956), Scottish-born, American former NFL placekicker for the Green Bay Packers
  • James G. Birney (1792-1857), American presidential candidate for the Liberty Party
  • David Bell Birney (1825-1864), American businessman, lawyer, and Union General in the American Civil War
  • James Gillespie Birney (1792-1857), American abolitionist, lawyer, and politician, who was a Liberty Party presidential candidate in 1840
  • William Birney (1819-1907), American Major General in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • David Birney (b. 1939), American actor, known for his roles in Bridget Loves Bernie (1972), St. Elsewhere (1982), and Oh, God! Book II (1980)
  • Reginald John "Jack" Birney (1928-1995), Australian politician
  • Earle Alfred Birney OC, FRSC (1904-1995), Canadian poet and novelist, born in Alberta, two-time Governor General's Award winer
  • Matt Birney (b. 1969), Australian politician, Leader of the Opposition in Western Australia (2005-2006)
  • Robin Birney (b. 1984), Scottish rock musician
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sapere aude, incipe
Motto Translation: Dare to be wise, begin at once.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
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    The Birney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birney 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 October 2014 at 12:00.

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