Burney Family History

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Burney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and Irish: habitational name from Bernay in Eure, France, named with a Gaulish personal name Brenno + the locative suffix -acum. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Biorna ‘son of Biorna’, a Gaelic form of the Old Norse personal name Bjarni (from björn ‘bear cub’, ‘warrior’). English: variant of Barney 1.

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

Similar surnames: Turney, Barney, Bursey, Burnley, Gurney, Birney, Burley, Cerney

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Burney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Burney name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Burney Family Origin

Where is the Burney family from?

Burney Family Occupations

What did your Burney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Burney family was Lead Miner. Coal Miner, Annuitant and General Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Burney. The most common Burney occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Burney's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Annuitant

  • General Laborer

  • Lead Miner


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

Burney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Burney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burney 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Burney. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Burney. For the veterans among your Burney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Burney Life Expectancy

What is the average Burney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Burney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Burney in 1941 was 45, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Burney 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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