In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Burnam surname lived in any of the various places called Burnham in Buckinghamshire
, or Suffolk
. These place names derive from the Old English words burna
Early Origins of the Burnam family
The surname Burnam was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Burnam family
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Burnam Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Burnam are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Burnam include: Burnham, Burnam and others.
Early Notables of the Burnam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burnam family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Burnam or a variant listed above:
Burnam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Burnam, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Burnam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J. Burnam, who arrived in San Francisco in 1861
Contemporary Notables of the name Burnam (post 1700)
- Lon Maxwell Burnam (b. 1953), American politician, Texas State Representative for Texas House