Burnitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burnitt family

The surname Burnitt was first found in Berwickshire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Faringdon where they held a manor and estates in that shire. The earliest record was of Robert Burnett in 1128. Later, an Alexander Burnard or Burnett went north with King Robert I and acquired lands in the forest of Drum. He was also granted the barony of Tulliboyll in Kincardine. Roger Burnard, his successor, had four sons, Goufrid, Ralph, Walter, and Richard. Crathes Castle is the family seat; it dates from 1553, and contains some extraordinary 16th century painted ceilings.

Early History of the Burnitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnitt research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1643, 1715, 1615, 1684, 1663, 1664, 1664, 1669, 1674, 1669, 1679, 1684, 1688, 1729, 1720, 1728, 1728 and are included under the topic Early Burnitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burnitt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Burnett, Burnet, Burnatt, Burnat and others.

Early Notables of the Burnitt family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Burnard of the barony of Tulliboyll. Alexander Burnet (1615-1684), a Scottish clergyman, Bishop of Aberdeen (1663-1664), Archbishop of Glasgow...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burnitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Burnitt family to Ireland

Some of the Burnitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Burnitt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burnitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Burnitt, aged 33, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [1]

New Zealand Burnitt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Burnitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Burnitt, (b. 1834), aged 28, British shepherd travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [2]
  • Mrs. Barbara Burnitt, (b. 1835), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [2]


The Burnitt Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virescit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Courage grows stronger at the wound.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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