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The BARNEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 15,556 2144 0.006 58
United States (1880 census) 5,260 1155 0.011 105
Change since 1880 +10296 -989 -0.005 -47
Other Countries
Australia 274 5658 0.002 17
United Kingdom 1,014 5218 0.002 22
Top States for BARNEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 1,639 115 0.073 734
California 1,177 2877 0.003 35
New York 1,118 1769 0.006 59
Ohio 850 1732 0.007 75
Florida 736 3003 0.005 46
Top States for BARNEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 1,639 115 0.073 734
Idaho 310 551 0.024 240
Vermont 120 934 0.020 197
Nevada 285 850 0.014 143
Wyoming 68 887 0.014 138


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BARNEY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BARNEY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BARNEY in Utah than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BARNEY by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BARNEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BARNEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BARNEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BARNEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 499 3.21
White (Hispanic) 296 1.9
Mixed Race 238 1.53
Asian/Pacific 70 0.45
White (Caucasian) 12,474 80.19
Black/African American 1,979 12.72

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BARNEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BARNEY in historical publications

A familiar abbreviation or corruption of Bernard, or Barnard (which see).

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

BARNEY. 1. A parish in Norfolk. 2. A contracted form of Barnabas and of Barnard.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BARNEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BARNEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BARNEY

The following words are slight variants of BARNEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.