| Background: Most researchers agree that the name BARNEY came from the small town of Berney (pronounced "Barney," and usually spelled Barney today) in Norfolk Co., England. The Domesday Book calls this town Berlie, said to mean "a hill by the water." Many have said the name is Norman, possibly derived from the Norse BJARNE, meaning "Bear."
Variations: Barney, Barnie, Barny, Barnabas, Bernard, Barnaby.
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