Origins Available: English
The name Birnett is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived on or near land cleared for cultivation by burning off the forest.
Early Origins of the Birnett family
The surname Birnett was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Birnett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birnett research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Birnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birnett Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Birnett has been spelled many different ways, including Barnett, Barnette, Barnet and others.
Early Notables of the Birnett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birnett family to Ireland
Some of the Birnett 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 Birnett family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Birnetts to arrive in North America: 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.