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Barney family page


A St Mary baptism register entry for Elizabeth Barney

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Origins of surname

This surname is a diminuitive of Barnard or Bernard, which in turn derives from the Germanic personal name Bernhard, made up of bern = 'bear' and hard = 'brave, strong or hardy'.

Early records

The name first appears in Jersey church records from 1766 onwards, with the baptism of the children of Jean Barney and Susanne Le Gros at St Mary. They had nine children.


  • Barney
  • Berney

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Family wills

These wills created by members of the Barney family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Delina Barney, St Mary, widow of John Charles Blampied, desires to be buried in the churchyard of St John - 11 October 1928, D/Y/A/88
  • John Barney, St Mary bequeaths to the poor of St Mary 10s - 1 May 1912, D/Y/A/71
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