Burnison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Burnison is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a small child. The surname springs from the middle English bairn, of the same meaning.  
Early Origins of the Burnison family
The surname Burnison 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 Burnison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnison 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 Burnison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burnison Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Barnes, Barns, Barnis, Bernys, Barness and others.
Early Notables of the Burnison 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 Burnison family to Ireland
Some of the Burnison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burnison migration to the United States
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Burnison or a variant listed above:
Burnison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Burnison, who was naturalized in Ohio sometime between 1809 and 1852
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