The ancestors of the name Byrnaby date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Byrnaby family lived in Burnby, or as the place-name was recorded in the Domesday Book
in 1086, in Brunebi. Burnby is in the East Riding of Yorkshire
having derived from the Old Norse, and means "farm or homestead by the spring or stream." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Byrnaby family
The surname Byrnaby was first found in Leicestershire
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.
Early History of the Byrnaby family
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Byrnaby Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Byrnaby are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Byrnaby include: Burnaby, Burnby, Bernaby, Burneby and others.
Early Notables of the Byrnaby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrnaby family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Byrnaby or a variant listed above: Carew Burnaby who settled in New England
in 1759; and many settled in Canada and gave their name to Burnaby, B.C.