name Burnbey comes from when the family resided in Burnby, or as the place-name was recorded in the
in 1086, in Brunebi. Burnby is in the East Riding of
having derived from the Old Norse, and means "farm or homestead by the spring or stream."
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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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. Burnbey has been recorded under many different variations, including Burnaby, Burnby, Bernaby, Burneby and others.
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 Burnbey or a variant listed above: Carew Burnaby who settled in New England
in 1759; and many settled in Canada and gave their name to Burnaby, B.C.