Origins Available: English
name Birnet comes from the family having resided on or near land cleared for cultivation by burning off the forest.
Early Origins of the Birnet family
The surname Birnet was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Birnet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birnet research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Birnet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birnet Spelling Variations
Birnet has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Barnett, Barnette, Barnet and others.
Early Notables of the Birnet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birnet family to Ireland
Some of the Birnet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 160 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birnet family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Birnets to arrive on North American shores: John Barnett who settled in Virginia in 1620; Robert Barnett who settled in Virginia in 1653; Richard Barnett who settled in Virginia in 1652; and many more. In Newfoundland, Andrew Barnet settled in St. John's in Lower Road in 1780.