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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The surname Burnette 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.

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


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burnette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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  • John Joseph "Johnny" Burnette (1934-1964), American rockabilly musician
  • Rocky Burnette (b. 1953), American rock and roll singer and musician, son of Johnny Burnette
  • James McCollum Burnette, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, 1946-47
  • Harvey L. Burnette, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Cheraw, South Carolina, 1941-57
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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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    Other References

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    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Burnette Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

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