Burnsyde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Burnsyde family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Burnsyde 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 Burnsyde family

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

Early History of the Burnsyde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnsyde research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1511, 1650, 1669, 1673, 1673 and are included under the topic Early Burnsyde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burnsyde Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Burnsyde has been written Burnside, Burniside, Burnshed, Burnsyde and others.

Early Notables of the Burnsyde family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Burnsyde family to Ireland

Some of the Burnsyde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Burnsyde family

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Burnsyde: James Burnside who settled in Georgia in 1733; Joseph Burnside settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1757; Margaret Bovey Burnside settled in Charles Town in 1757.


Contemporary Notables of the name Burnsyde (post 1700) +


    HMAS Sydney II
    • Mr. William Edmund Burnsyde (1920-1941), Australian Stoker from Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [3]


    The Burnsyde 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.


    1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
    2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
    3. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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