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The ancestors of the name Burney come from the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Dalriadans. They lived along the rugged west coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands and used the name to indicate a person 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.

Burney Early Origins



The surname Burney 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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Burney Spelling Variations


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Burney Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of Burney have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Birnie, Birney, Birny, Birnye, Byrnye, Byrny, Berney, Birne, Byrne, McBirny, McBirnie, McBurny, McBurnie and many more.

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Burney Early History


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Burney Early History



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

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Burney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Burney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Burney In Ireland


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Burney In Ireland



Some of the Burney 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



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Burney were among those contributors:

Burney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Burney, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Burney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Burney, and his wife settled with their three sons, his mother and father William, in Louisiana in 1797
  • William Burney, aged 28, landed in Louisiana in 1797

Burney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Burney, who landed in New York in 1826
  • J Burney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Samuel Burney settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Major Burney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Burney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Burney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Mary Burney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Burney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Burney (post 1700)



  • Leroy Edgar Burney (1906-1998), American physician and public health official, eighth Surgeon General of the United States from 1956 to 1961
  • William Evans Burney (1893-1969), U.S. Representative from Colorado
  • Jacob Burney (b. 1959), American defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins
  • Robert Henry Burney, American politician, Member of Texas State Senate 28th District, 1887-88
  • Rashid A. Burney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • James T. Burney, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1884 (alternate), 1900
  • J. W. Burney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1860
  • Dwight Willard Burney (1892-1987), American politician, Member of Nebraska unicameral legislature, 1945-57; Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 1957-60, 1961-65; Governor of Nebraska, 1960-61
  • Charles O. Burney Jr. (b. 1907), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 7th District, 1937-40; Member of New York State Senate, 1941-48
  • Cecil E. Burney (1914-1989), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956, 1964
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Burney


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Suggested Readings for the name Burney



  • A Catalogue of the Burney Family Correspondence 1749-1878 by Joyce Hemlow.

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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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See Also


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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. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  11. ...

The Burney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burney 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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