Burnside History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Burnside family

The surname Burnside was first found in Fife, but "there are villages named Burnside in the shires of Fife, Nairn, and Kincardine. " [2]

Early History of the Burnside family

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Burnside Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Burnside family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Burnside family to Ireland

Some of the Burnside family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Burnside migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in New York in 1745
  • Joseph Burnside, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1757
  • Margaret Bovey Burnside, who settled in Charles Town in 1757
  • Thomas Burnside, who settled in Charles Town in 1767
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Burnside migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [3]
  • 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 [3]
Burnside Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sally Burnside, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834
  • Robert Burnside, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor" in 1834

Australia Burnside migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burnside Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Burnside, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]

New Zealand Burnside 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:

Burnside Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Burnside, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 1st December 1852 [5]
  • Mr. Burnside, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Masterman" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 27th March 1857 [6]
  • Mr. William Burnside, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Bruce" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th September 1860 [6]
  • Mr. R. A. Burnside, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "James Nicol Fleming" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 26th October 1870 [6]
  • Hugh Burnside, aged 35, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Burnside (post 1700) +

  • Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824-1881), American Union Army general in the American Civil War, railroad executive, and politician, the 30th Governor of Rhode Island, 1st President of the National Rifle Association until 1872; he patented Burnside carbine, a breech-loading carbine that saw widespread use during the American Civil War [7]
  • Peter "Pete" Willits Burnside (b. 1930), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Maurice Gwinn Burnside (1902-1991), American politician, U.S. Representative from West Virginia
  • J. P. Burnside, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky Secession Convention, 1861 [8]
  • J. C. Burnside, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1948, 1952 [8]
  • Guy H. Burnside, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County, 1954 [8]
  • 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 [8]
  • G. C. Burnside, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1908 [8]
  • D. A. Burnside, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1856 [8]
  • Charles H. Burnside, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1928 [8]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • James Burnside, British Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
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 [10]
  • 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 [10]


The Burnside 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: Gradatim plena
Motto Translation: Full by degrees.


Suggested Readings for the name Burnside +

  • 3760 "Wilson, Burnside, Warnock Families in the United States of America 1660-1969" by Beverly E. Wilson.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 26 October 2020
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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