Birneval History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Birneval is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Birneval family lived in Berwickshire. The name refers to the family's former place of residence, Burneville, in the Eure region of Normandy. After arriving in England with the Norman invasion in 1066, the family gave their name to the area over which they held lordship.

Early Origins of the Birneval family

The surname Birneval was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Birneval family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birneval research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1150, 1190, and 1333 are included under the topic Early Birneval History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birneval Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Birneval family name include Burnville, Burnfield, Burneville, Burnefield, Bournville and many more.

Early Notables of the Birneval family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Birneval family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Birneval family to immigrate North America: Frederick Brownville who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840; Elizabeth Brownfeild settled in Georgia in 1737; Joe Brownfield settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife.

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