Origin of the Surname
A parish in the shire of Elgin, Scotland. It was formerly named Brenuth, from brae-nut, as many hazel-trees grew there. The natives called it Burn-nigh, that is, a village near the Burn or river, now corrupted to Birnie.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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