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About the study

The Beaney One-Name study started in September 2005, I decided to begin the study after collecting any information I could relating to the Beaney name to help me with my own Family History Research and then realising that I could help others with their research. I am now seeking to exchange information on the surname: 'Beaney' (including any variants) to establish a worldwide database, All references sought (I accept Gedcom files) and will gladly help other researchers with any queries.

Variant names

Spelling variations include: Bean, Beane, Beanie, Beany, Beeney, Beene, Beny, Beeny, Beyn, Bayn, Bene, Bane, Bain, Baine, Bayne, Beyne, Been, Beaine, MacBain, MacBean, MacVain, MacVan and many more.

Name origin

There seems to be two groups of the Beaney Surname, One Group Originates from Durham/Northumberland and the other Group Originates from Sussex.

Historical occurrences of the name

James George Beaney - Born: 15 June 1828 Canterbury, England. Died: 30 June 1891 - The Hon J. G. Beaney, a native of Canterbury, went off to settle in Australia. Controversial, flamboyant James Beaney, a senior surgeon at the Melbourne Hospital, was an occasional lecturer in surgery to University of Melbourne medical students and the first benefactor to the medical school. His will, finalised in 1892, provided a bequest for scholarships in pathology and surgery, From 1908 the recipient of the award was known as the Beaney Scholar in Pathology.

Distribution of the name

The most populated counties in the 1881 UK census with the Beaney name were: Durham(74), Kent(124), London(66), Northumberland(35), Surrey(51), Sussex(109).


A vast database of information including All the Beaney enteries from the England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983.


Our new DNA Project was started on 8th July 2008, Here are just a few of the benefits that we hope to achieve:

Validate research.
Find any mistaken connections in research.
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Discover information about the evolution of the surname.
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Combine results with research in early records to determine the number of points of origin for the surname.
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Determine which family trees are related.
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Find out more information about the origin and evolution of the surname.
Combine research in early records with DNA results to determine the number of points of origin for the surname.
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