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Burnside is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Burnside family lived in one of the many places by the same name. The name means dweller at the brookside from the Old English work burne which means brook and the word side.

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The surname Burnside was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Burnside has been spelled Burnside, Burniside, Burnshed, Burnsyde and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnside research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1650 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Burnside History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Burnside family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Burnside:

Burnside Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Burnside who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Harry Burnside, his wife, and seven children, arrived in New York in 1745
  • Joseph Burnside settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1757
  • Margaret Bovey Burnside settled in Charles Town in 1757
  • Thomas Burnside settled in Charles Town in 1767
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Burnside Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Burnside U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 252 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
  • Mrs. Agnes Burnside U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 310 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York

Burnside Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sally Burnside arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Robert Burnside arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834

Burnside Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Burnside, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

Burnside Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Burnside, aged 35, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Mary Burnside, aged 30, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • William Burnside, aged 11, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Alexander Burnside, aged 8, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Mary Burnside, aged 4, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
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  • Peter "Pete" Willits Burnside (b. 1930), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Guy H. Burnside, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1954
  • George W. Burnside, American Republican politician, Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1900-06, 1909-24, 1929-34; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1924
  • G. C. Burnside, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1908
  • D. A. Burnside, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1856
  • Charles H. Burnside, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1928
  • Aurelle Burnside (1889-1973), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1936
  • Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824-1881), American Republican politician, Governor of Rhode Island, 1866-69; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1875-81
  • A. Roy Burnside, American politician, Mayor of Zephyrhills, Florida, 2000-02
  • J. C. Burnside, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1948, 1952
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Burnside Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Iris Margaret Burnside, Irish 1st Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada visiting, Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Josephine Burnside, (née Eaton), Irish 1st Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada visiting, Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • Wilson, Burnside, Warnock Families in the United States of America 1660-1969 by Beverly E. Wilson.
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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: Gradatim plena
Motto Translation: Full by degrees.

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    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    3. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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