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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnett research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1128, 1208, 1643, 1688, 1715, 1720, 1728, and 1729 are included under the topic Early Burnett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Burnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Nich Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Hen Burnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Roger Burnett, who landed in Maryland in 1662


Burnett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Burnett, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Isabel Burnett, who arrived in New Jersey in 1702
  • Peter Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Burnett, who landed in Virginia in 1750

Burnett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Burnett, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Henry Burnett, aged 31, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Samuel Burnett, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Reuben Burnett, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Patrick Burnett, aged 50, arrived in New York in 1812


Burnett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. William Burnett U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

Burnett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Burnett, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Eliza Burnett, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Elizabeth Burnett, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast

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, Austraila
  • Robert Burnett, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Burnett, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Charles Burnett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • John Burnett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849


Burnett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Burnett, aged 28, a ploughman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mary Burnett, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • George Burnett, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Samuel Burnett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • G W Burnett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841


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  • 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
  • Carol Creighton Burnett (b. 1933), American actress, comedienne, singer, dancer and writer, winner of six Emmy and five Golden Globe Awards and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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

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The Burnett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burnett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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