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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The story of the Birnie family is rich with Scottish history. It begins in the ancient kingdom of Dalriada where Birnie evolved as a name for some who lived in Brennath in Moray, where the name became Birnie. There is also a Birnie in the shire of Elgin. 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." During the Middle Ages, the Birney family became a part of the landed gentry and they wielded considerable prestige and influence in the region of the Scottish borderlands.

Birnie Early Origins



The surname Birnie was first found in Elginshire a former county in northeastern Scotland, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, where Birnie Kirk, a Church of Scotland church built c. 1140 is still found today. It was the first cathedral of the Bishop of Moray. The church is one of the oldest in Scotland to have been in continuous use through the centuries. Birnie Loch is a man-made loch located in North East Fife from a flooded gravel pit. Birnie Island is a small, uninhabited coral island, 20 hectares in area, part of the Phoenix Island group in central Pacific ocean named after the London firm Alexander Birnie & Co in 1823. The MacBirnie (MacBurnie and MacBurney) variant was first found in 1466 when David M'Birny was a witness in Kirkcudbright. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Birnie Spelling Variations


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Birnie Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name Birnie include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Birnie, Birney, Birny, Birnye, Byrnye, Byrny, Berney, Birne, Byrne, McBirny, McBirnie, McBurny, McBurnie and many more.

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Birnie Early History


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Birnie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birnie research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1261, 1500, 1520, 1591, 1680 and are included under the topic Early Birnie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birnie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birnie Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Birnie In Ireland


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Birnie In Ireland



Some of the Birnie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words (8 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



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Birnies to arrive on North American shores:

Birnie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Birnie who settled in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Clotworthy Birnie, aged 47, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • George Birnie, aged 22, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Clothworthy Birnie, who landed in Maryland in 1815
  • Margaret Birnie, who arrived in Maryland in 1818
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Birnie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Birnie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Alexander Birnie arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Birnie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Birnie (post 1700)



  • Tessa Daphne Birnie OAM (1934-2008), New Zealand-born, Australian concert pianist
  • Dr John Esmond Birnie (b. 1965), Northern Ireland author, economist, and Ulster Unionist Party politician
  • Edward Lawson "Ted" Birnie (1878-1935), English professional footballer and manager

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Birnie Historic Events


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Birnie Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Birnie, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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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



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  11. ...

The Birnie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birnie 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 23 April 2016 at 14:40.

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