Burnia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Burnia reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Burnia family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Burnia family lived in Norfolk and Kent, where they settled after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The Burnia family originally came from Bernay in Calvados, Normandy, and it is to that location that their name refers.
Early Origins of the Burnia family
The surname Burnia was first found in Norfolk and Kent, where they were settled after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Burnia family
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Burnia Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Barney, Berney, Barny, Berny, Barnie, Bernie, Bernaye, Bairney, Bearnie, Bearny, Bernais, Berneys, Berneyes, Bearnay and many more.
Early Notables of the Burnia family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burnia family to Ireland
Some of the Burnia family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burnia family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Burnia name or one of its variants: Jacob Barney who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620; James Barney settled in Virginia in 1650; Phon Barney who settled in Virginia in 1650. Thomas Barney settled in St. John's Newfoundland 1821.