Burnikel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the bearers of the Burnikel family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Warwickshire, where they took their name from the hamlet of Barnacle in the parish of Bulkington, six miles from Coventry. 
Early Origins of the Burnikel family
The surname Burnikel was first found in Warwickshire at Barnacle, a hamlet, in the parish of Bulkington, union of Nuneaton, Kirby division of the hundred of Knightlow.  "It is mentioned in the Conqueror's survey, and is supposed to have anciently belonged to the family of Fitzwith."  At that time it was spelt Bernhangre.  The place name literally means "wooded slope by a barn," from the Old English words "bere-aern" + "hangra." 
Early History of the Burnikel family
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Burnikel Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Burnikel include Barnacle, Barnicle, Bernicle, Barnackle, Barnackell, Barnaucle and many more.
Early Notables of the Burnikel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burnikel family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Burnikel or a variant listed above: John Barnacle who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772.
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)