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The name Burnley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Lancashire, where they derived their name from the town of Burnley, in the parish of Whalley. The name is generally believed to be derived from "Brun Lea" meaning "meadow by the River Brun."

Burnley Early Origins



The surname Burnley was first found in Lancashire, where Burnley dates back to 1122, when a charter granted the church of Burnley to the monks of Pontefract Abbey. The Market Cross, erected in 1295 survives today at Burnley College.

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Burnley Spelling Variations


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Burnley Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Burnley has been spelled many different ways, including Burnley, Brunlay, Burnlie, Burnly, Bernley and others.

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Burnley Early History


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Burnley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnley research. Another 457 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1500, 1662, 1691 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Burnley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Burnley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Burnley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Burnley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Burnleys to arrive in North America:

Burnley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Burnley, aged 19, landed in Barbados in 1683
  • Peter Burnley who arrived in Maryland in 1685

Burnley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Burnley, who landed in Virginia in 1778
  • John Burnley, who arrived in Virginia in 1778

Burnley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Burnley who arrived in Philadelphia in 1846

Burnley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Burnley (aged 28), a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Burnley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Burnley (post 1700)



  • Dorothy Rockwell "Dot" Burnley (1927-2016), American businesswoman and politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1981-1985)
  • Jack Burnley (1911-2006), American comic book artist and illustrator who under the pen name Hardin Burnley was the first artist, after co-creator Joe Shuster, to draw Superman
  • James H. Burnley IV (b. 1948), American politician and lawyer from North Carolina
  • James Horace IV Burnley (b. 1948), American politician, Secretary of Transportation, 1987-89
  • Charles W. Burnley (d. 1969), American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 4th District, 1944-57
  • Benjamin Jackson Burnley (b. 1978), American vocalist and guitarist
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Burnley CBE (b. 1959), English Chief Guide of Girlguiding UK between 2006 and 2011
  • Liz Burnley (b. 1959), Chief Guide of Girlguiding UK since 2006
  • Kenneth S. Burnley, Senior Resident Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Education
  • John David Burnley, British lecturer and author

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Motto


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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: Pretiumque et causa laboria
Motto Translation: The reward and cause of labour.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Burnley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burnley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 May 2016 at 14:27.

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