Origins Available: English
The origins of the Birnette name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived on or near land cleared for cultivation by burning off the forest.
Early Origins of the Birnette family
The surname Birnette was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Birnette family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birnette research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Birnette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birnette Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Birnette were recorded, including Barnett, Barnette, Barnet and others.
Early Notables of the Birnette family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birnette family to Ireland
Some of the Birnette 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 Birnette family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Birnette family emigrate to 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.