Birney Family History

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Birney Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Morayshire, recorded in the 13th century as Brennach, probably from Gaelic braonach ‘damp place’. Variant spelling of English or Irish Burney.

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

Similar surnames: Burney, Berney, Binney, Barney, Barley, Tirey, Bires, Viney, Birner

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Birney Family Origin

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Birney Family Occupations

What did your Birney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Birney family was Dock Labourer. The most common Birney occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 19% of Birney's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Assistant Jeweller and Collector were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Birney.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Assistant Jeweller

  • Collector

  • Dock Labourer


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

Birney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Birney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Birney 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Birney. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Birney. For the veterans among your Birney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Birney Life Expectancy

What is the average Birney lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Birney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Birney in 1958 was 60, and 65 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Birney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Birney 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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