Burnett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burnett family

The surname Burnett was first found in Berwickshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Faringdon where they held a manor and estates in that shire. The earliest record was of Robert Burnett in 1128. Later, an Alexander Burnard or Burnett went north with King Robert I and acquired lands in the forest of Drum. He was also granted the barony of Tulliboyll in Kincardine. Roger Burnard, his successor, had four sons, Goufrid, Ralph, Walter, and Richard. Crathes Castle is the family seat; it dates from 1553, and contains some extraordinary 16th century painted ceilings.

Early History of the Burnett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnett research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1643, 1715, 1615, 1684, 1663, 1664, 1664, 1669, 1674, 1669, 1679, 1684, 1688, 1729, 1720, 1728, 1728 and are included under the topic Early Burnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burnett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Burnett, Burnet, Burnatt, Burnat and others.

Early Notables of the Burnett family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Burnard of the barony of Tulliboyll. Alexander Burnet (1615-1684), a Scottish clergyman, Bishop of Aberdeen (1663-1664), Archbishop of Glasgow...
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Ireland Migration of the Burnett family to Ireland

Some of the Burnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Burnett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo and Nicholas Burnett who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Burnett, aged 24, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Nich Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Hen Burnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Roger Burnett, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Burnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Burnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Isabel Burnett, who arrived in New Jersey in 1702 [1]
  • Peter Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Richard Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1750 [1]
Burnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Burnett, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Henry Burnett, aged 31, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [1]
  • Samuel Burnett, aged 15, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Reuben Burnett, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Patrick Burnett, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Burnett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burnett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Burnett, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. William Burnett U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
Burnett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Burnett, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Eliza Burnett, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Elizabeth Burnett, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mr. John Burnett, (b. 1831), aged 24, Cornish labourer departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [3]

Australia Burnett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burnett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Burnett, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Robert Burnett, a joiner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Burnett, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. John Burnett, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Charles Burnett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Burnett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Burnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Burnett, aged 28, a ploughman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mary Burnett, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • George Burnett, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Samuel Burnett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • G W Burnett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Burnett (post 1700) +

  • Bobby Clell Burnett (1943-2016), American college and professional football player, AFL All-Star (1966)
  • Lester Alvin Burnett (1911-1967), nicknamed "Smiley Burnette", an American country music performer and a comedic actor in Western films, a frequent sidekick to Gene Autry
  • Dale R. Burnett (1909-1997), American NFL football running back for the New York Giants
  • William Riley "W.R." Burnett (1899-1982), American Academy Award nominated novelist and screenwriter
  • Sean Richard Burnett (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Mark Burnett (b. 1960), English-born, American multi-award winning television producer, inducted into the Producers Guild of America (2011), Time Magazine's: 'Time 100: 100 Most Influential People in the World Today' (2004)
  • Joseph Henry Burnett (b. 1948), known as T-Bone Burnett, an American musician, songwriter, and soundtrack and record producer
  • Allan James "A. J." Burnett (b. 1977), American professional Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Brevet Brigadier General Henry Lawrence Burnett (1838-1916), American prosecutor in the trial that followed the Abraham Lincoln assassination
  • Leo Burnett (1891-1971), American advertising executive, famous for creating the icons the Jolly Green Giant, the Marlboro Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Rodney Orlando  Burnett (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Joseph Burnett (1899-1941), Australian Captain from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Charlie Leroy Burnett, American Seaman Second Class from Tennessee, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [9]


The Burnett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virescit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Courage grows stronger at the wound.


Suggested Readings for the name Burnett +

  • 360 "Burnett-Baker-Baeman and Related Families" by Blanche Miller Burnett, "Blue Ridge Heritage" by Dorothy Burnett Peterson.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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