Burnye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Burnye family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Norfolk and Kent, where they settled after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The Burnye family originally came from Bernay in Calvados, Normandy, and it is to that location that their name refers.

Early Origins of the Burnye family

The surname Burnye was first found in Norfolk and Kent, where they were settled after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Burnye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burnye research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Burnye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burnye Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Burnye were recorded, including Barney, Berney, Barny, Berny, Barnie, Bernie, Bernaye, Bairney, Bearnie, Bearny, Bernais, Berneys, Berneyes, Bearnay and many more.

Early Notables of the Burnye family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Burnye family to Ireland

Some of the Burnye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Burnye family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Burnye arrived in North America very early: Jacob Barney who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1620; James Barney settled in Virginia in 1650; Phon Barney who settled in Virginia in 1650. Thomas Barney settled in St. John's Newfoundland 1821.

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