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What does Burnie mean?

Burnie Pronunciation of Burnie as a name for boys is an Old English name, and the name Burnie means "island with the brook; island of the brook". Burnie is a variant form of Birney (Old English): place name. Burnie is also a derivative of Burney (Old English).


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, brook (river)


VARIANTS Birny, Birnie, Beirnie, Beirney



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How popular is Burnie?

Burnie is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a somewhat prominent surname for all people (#90652 out of 150436, Top 60%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Burnie reached its top rank of #1242 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not listed currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burnie name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Burnie outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Burney is the only other prominent related form of Burnie. Adoption of these forms of Burnie was at its most widespread during 1900-1909 (AVERAGE #1459).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burnie, Burney in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Burnie and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Burnie is pronounced similarly to Barna, Barney, Barni, Barnie, Barny, Bernie and Berny. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Arnie, Barrie, Beirne, Bennie, Berkie, Bern, Berne, Bernis, Bertie, Berwin, Birkie (see Birkey), Birlie, Born, Borne, Bourn, Bourne, Brain, Brien, Bruin, Buckie, Buddie, Burke, Burle, Burlie, Burlin, Burn, Burne, Burnel (see Burnell), Burnet, Burnis, Burns, Busbie, Buzzie, Byrdie, Byrn, Byrne, Currie, Ernie, Murfie (see Murphy) and Sunnie. These names tend to be more commonly used than Burnie.

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