Origins Available: English
Birnevil is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Birnevil 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 Birnevil family
The surname Birnevil 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.
Early History of the Birnevil family
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Birnevil Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Birnevil has been recorded under many different variations, including Burnville, Burnfield, Burneville, Burnefield, Bournville and many more.
Early Notables of the Birnevil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birnevil family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Birnevils were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in 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.