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Berney Name Meaning

English: variant of Burney . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Biorna ‘son of Biorna’. See Burney 2 and McBurney . French: from a derivative of the personal name Bernard or any other name composed of the ancient Germanic element ber(n) ‘bear’. Jewish (American): from a derivative of the Yiddish personal name Ber .

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


Similar surnames: Berne, Berley, Barney, Birney, Burney, Bergey, Benney, Berner, Berry

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Where is the Berney family from?

You can see how Berney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berney families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 59 Berney families living in Ontario. This was about 78% of all the recorded Berney's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Berney families in 1911.
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What did your Berney ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Berney. 38% of Berney men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    38%
  • Machinist
    13%
  • Gardener
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Berney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Berney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Berney. For the veterans among your Berney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berney lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Berney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Berney in 1959 was 48, and 81 in 2004.

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