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The ancestors of the name McBurney 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.

McBurney Early Origins



The surname McBurney 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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McBurney Spelling Variations


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McBurney Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of McBurney 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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McBurney Early History


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McBurney Early History



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

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McBurney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McBurney Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McBurney In Ireland


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McBurney In Ireland



Some of the McBurney 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 McBurney were among those contributors:

McBurney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret McBurney settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • John McBurney, aged 23, landed in New York in 1798

McBurney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew McBurney settled in Philadelphia in 1842
  • Isabella McBurney, who landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • James McBurney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Robert McBurney, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1862
  • Agnes McBurney, aged 25, who landed in America from Scotland, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McBurney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry McBurney, aged 25, who landed in America from Scotland, in 1902
  • Edward McBurney, aged 29, who landed in America from Monaghan, in 1904
  • Esther McBurney, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Antrim, in 1905
  • John McBurney, aged 48, who landed in America from Scotland, in 1905
  • Margaret McBurney, aged 53, who settled in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McBurney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John McBurney, aged 44, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Martha McBurney, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Samuel McBurney, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Alfred W. McBurney, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name McBurney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McBurney (post 1700)



  • John F. McBurney III (b. 1950), American politician, Member of the Rhode Island Senate (1975-2011)
  • Andrew Graham McBurney (1817-1894), American Republican politician, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1866-1868)
  • Charles McBurney (1845-1913), American surgeon who described McBurney's point
  • Charles McBurney (b. 1957), American member of the House of Representatives for Florida
  • Charles McBurney (1914-1979), American archaeologist
  • Gerard McBurney (b. 1954), British composer, arranger, broadcaster, teacher and writer
  • William B. McBurney (d. 1892), Irish poet who used the pseudonym Carroll Malone
  • James "Jim" McBurney (b. 1933), retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger
  • Simon Montagu McBurney OBE (b. 1957), English actor, writer, director and founder and artistic director of Théâtre de Complicité in England, now called Complicite
  • Stephen McBurney (b. 1967), Australian rules football field umpire, All Australian Umpire in 2003 and 2007
  • ... (Another 2 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



  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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  8. 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).
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

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