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Where did the English Burnette family come from? What is the English Burnette family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burnette family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burnette family history?

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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 Burnette 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 Burnette 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 Burnette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Burnette 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 or some of its variants were: Jo and Nicholas Burnett who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed by Samuel in 1648; and Abigail in 1698; John Burnett settled in Barbados in 1685; the Burnetts also settled in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and California.

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  • Rocky Burnette (b. 1953), American rock and roll singer and musician, son of Johnny Burnette
  • John Joseph "Johnny" Burnette (1934-1964), American rockabilly musician
  • Reginald Burnette (b. 1968), American former linebacker in the National Football League
  • Olivia Burnette (b. 1977), American actress
  • Justin Burnette (b. 1980), American five-time Young Artist Award nominated child actor
  • Dorsey William "Billy" Burnette III (b. 1953), American guitarist, singer and songwriter, member of the band Fleetwood Mac from 1987 to 1995
  • Dorsey Burnette (1932-1979), American rockabilly singer, father of Billy Burnette
  • Wallace Harper Burnette (1929-2003), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics from 1956-1958


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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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  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Burnette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burnette 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.

This page was last modified on 11 December 2014 at 12:10.

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