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Birnown is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the parish named Barnham in Hampshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead.

Birnown Early Origins



The surname Birnown was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Southwick, some say, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Birnown Spelling Variations


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Birnown Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Birnown has been recorded under many different variations, including Barnham, Barnhum, Barnum, Barnam, Barnhem, Barnem and others.

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Birnown Early History


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Birnown Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birnown research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1630, 1575, 1570, 1559, 1598, 1576, 1646, 1604, 1646, 1592, 1650, 1613, 1675, 1659, 1660, 1606, 1685 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Birnown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birnown Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birnown Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir Martin Barnham of Kent; Francis Barnham (died 1575), English draper, alderman and Sheriff of London in 1570; and his son, Benedict Barnham (1559-1598), London merchant, alderman and Sheriff of London; Sir Francis Barnham (1576-1646), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons...

Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birnown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Birnown or a variant listed above: James Barnham who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1785.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Birnown Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birnown Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 June 2013 at 08:48.

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