Burnbay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Burnby, or as the place-name was recorded in the Domesday Book
in 1086, in Brunebi. Burnby is in the East Riding of Yorkshire
having derived from the Old Norse, and means "farm or homestead by the spring or stream." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Burnbay family
The surname Burnbay was first found in Leicestershire
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 Burnbay family
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Burnbay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Burnbay family name include Burnaby, Burnby, Bernaby, Burneby and others.
Early Notables of the Burnbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burnbay family to Ireland
Some of the Burnbay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burnbay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Burnbay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Carew Burnaby who settled in New England
in 1759; and many settled in Canada and gave their name to Burnaby, B.C.