Origins Available: English
The name Burnevil was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Burnevil family lived in Berwickshire
. The name refers to the family's former place of residence, Burneville,
in the Eure region of Normandy
. After arriving in England
with the Norman invasion
in 1066, the family gave their name to the area over which they held lordship.
Early Origins of the Burnevil family
The surname Burnevil was first found in Berwickshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Burnevil family
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Burnevil Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Burnville, Burnfield, Burneville, Burnefield, Bournville and many more.
Early Notables of the Burnevil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burnevil family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Burnevil or a variant listed above: Frederick Brownville who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840; Elizabeth Brownfeild settled in Georgia in 1737; Joe Brownfield settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife.