Show ContentsMcBerney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of bearers of the McBerney 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."

Early Origins of the McBerney family

The surname McBerney 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.

Early History of the McBerney family

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McBerney 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.

Early Notables of the McBerney family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McBerney family to Ireland

Some of the McBerney 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.

United States McBerney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McBerney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William McBerney, who settled in New York State in 1804
  • Alice McBerney, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • William McBerney, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]

The McBerney 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.

  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) on Facebook