In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Burnem surname lived in the parish named Barnham
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words beorg,
Early Origins of the Burnem family
The surname Burnem 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
by Duke William of Normandy
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Burnem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnem 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 Burnem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burnem 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 Burnem 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 Burnem include: Barnham, Barnhum, Barnum, Barnam, Barnhem, Barnem and others.
Early Notables of the Burnem family (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 Burnem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burnem 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 Burnem or a variant listed above: James Barnham who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1785.