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The ancient history of the Birnam name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish named Barnham in Hampshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead.

Birnam Early Origins



The surname Birnam was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Southwick, some say, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Birnam Spelling Variations


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Birnam Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Birnam include Barnham, Barnhum, Barnum, Barnam, Barnhem, Barnem and others.

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Birnam Early History


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Birnam Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birnam research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1630, 1575, 1570, 1559, 1598, 1576, 1646, 1604, 1646, 1592, 1650, 1613, 1675, 1659, 1660, 1606, 1685 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Birnam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birnam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birnam Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Martin Barnham of Kent; Francis Barnham (died 1575), English draper, alderman and Sheriff of London in 1570; and his son, Benedict Barnham (1559-1598), London merchant, alderman and Sheriff of London; Sir Francis Barnham (1576-1646), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons...

Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birnam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Birnam or a variant listed above: James Barnham who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1785.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    11. ...

    The Birnam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birnam 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 June 2013 at 08:48.

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