Barney Family History

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Barney Name Meaning

habitational name from Barney in Norfolk, which is probably named with an Old English personal name Bera (with genitive -n) + Old English eg ‘island’, ‘dry ground in a marsh’. from the personal name Barney, a pet form of Bernard.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Burney, Barley, Barnes, Arney, Baney, Barnaby, Berney, Darney, Barner

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Barney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Barney Family Origin

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Barney Family Occupations

What did your Barney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Barney occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Barney's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Barney family was Gardener. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barney.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Bricklayer

  • Gardener


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Barney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Barney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 110,000 census records available for the last name Barney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Barney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Barney. For the veterans among your Barney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barney Life Expectancy

What is the average Barney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Barney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Barney in 1940 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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