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Birnisfadir History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Birnisfadir family

The surname Birnisfadir was first found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat at Kelso from very early times. The name is anciently from the Old Norse personal name Bjarnvardr.

Early History of the Birnisfadir family

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Birnisfadir Spelling Variations

Although the name, Birnisfadir, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Bairnsfather, Bairnfather, Barnsfather, Barnisfather, Barnisfadir, Bairnsfeather, Bairnfeather, Barnsfeather, Barnfeather, Bairnisfader, Bairnisfather, Bairnisfeather, Barnisfader, Barnisfather, Barnisfeather and many more.

Early Notables of the Birnisfadir family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Birnisfadir family to the New World and Oceana

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Birnisfadir family name Birnisfadir, or who bore a variation of the surname were Samuel Barnfather who landed in America in 1753.

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