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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English Burnett family come from? What is the English Burnett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burnett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burnett family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Burnett, Burnet, Burnatt, Burnat and others.

First found in Berwickshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Faringdon where they held a manor and estates in that shire. The earliest record was of Robert Burnett in 1128. Later, an Alexander Burnard or Burnett went north with King Robert I and acquired lands in the forest of Drum. He was also granted the barony of Tulliboyll in Kincardine. Roger Burnard, his successor, had four sons, Goufrid, Ralph, Walter, and Richard. Crathes Castle is the family seat; it dates from 1553, and contains some extraordinary 16th century painted ceilings.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnett research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1128, 1208, 1643, 1688, 1715, 1720, 1728, and 1729 are included under the topic Early Burnett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Burnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burnett Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo and Nicholas Burnett who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Burnett, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Nich Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Hen Burnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Roger Burnett, who landed in Maryland in 1662

Burnett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Burnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Isabel Burnett, who arrived in New Jersey in 1702
  • Peter Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1750

Burnett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Burnett, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Henry Burnett, aged 31, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Samuel Burnett, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Reuben Burnett, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Burnett, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1812


  • Justin Burnett (b. 1973), American film composer
  • Carol Creighton Burnett (b. 1933), American actress, comedienne, singer, dancer and writer, winner of six Emmy and five Golden Globe Awards and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Leo Burnett (1891-1971), American advertising executive, famous for creating the icons the Jolly Green Giant, the Marlboro Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy
  • Brevet Brigadier General Henry Lawrence Burnett (1838-1916), American prosecutor in the trial that followed the Abraham Lincoln assassination
  • Allan James "A. J." Burnett (b. 1977), American professional Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Joseph Henry Burnett (b. 1948), known as T-Bone Burnett, an American musician, songwriter, and soundtrack and record producer
  • Mark Burnett (b. 1960), English-born, American multi-award winning television producer, inducted into the Producers Guild of America (2011), Time Magazine's: 'Time 100: 100 Most Influential People in the World Today' (2004)
  • Sean Richard Burnett (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • William Riley "W.R." Burnett (1899-1982), American Academy Award nominated novelist and screenwriter
  • Dale R. Burnett (1909-1997), American NFL football running back for the New York Giants



  • Burnett-Baker-Baeman and Related Families by Blanche Miller Burnett.
  • Blue Ridge Heritage by Dorothy Burnett Peterson.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virescit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Courage grows stronger at the wound.


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  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Burnett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burnett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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