Burnis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The family name Burnis is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Burnis was a name given to a small child. The surname springs from the middle English bairn, of the same meaning.  
Early Origins of the Burnis family
The surname Burnis was first found in Surrey at Barnes, a parish, in the union of Richmond, W. division of the hundred of Brixton.  This parish was originally listed as Berne  in the Domesday Book of 1086.
According to the Saxon Chronicle, Siward Barn was the patriot rebel against William the Conqueror.  After that early listing, one of the first records of the name was found in Surrey as Philip de Bernes. 
Other early records include: Henry de le Berne in Norfolk; Richard de la Berne in Kent; and William de la Berne in Dorset, all listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.  William Bernes was listed in the Assize Rolls of Cheshire in 1380 and Joan Barnes was also listed in Cheshire in 1450. 
Early Scottish sources revealed that the name was from "Barnes in the parish of Premnay, Aberdeenshire"  where the first record was found in the 15th century as Robert of Bernis, a goldsmith in 1465. 
Important Dates for the Burnis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnis research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1200, 1495, 1540, 1532, 1587, 1569, 1609, 1569, 1661, 1627, 1710, 1654, 1712, 1675 and are included under the topic Early Burnis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burnis Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Burnis have been found, including Barnes, Barns, Barnis, Bernys, Barness and others.
Early Notables of the Burnis family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Robert Barnes (1495-1540), English Protestant divine and martyr, a Norfolk man, born in the neighbourhood of Lynn. "Barnes and his two companions, as heretics, were committed to the flames." 
Richard Barnes (1532-1587), Bishop of Durham, born at Bould, near Warrington, in Lancashire, son of John Barnes and Agnes Saunderson, his wife.
His son, Barnabe Barnes (1569?-1609), English poet, born in Yorkshire...
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Migration of the Burnis family to Ireland
Some of the Burnis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Burnis migration to the United States
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Burnis were among those contributors:
Burnis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- F W Burnis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
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