Byrnam is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Byrnam family once lived in any of the various places called Burnham in Buckinghamshire
, or Suffolk
. These place names derive from the Old English words burna
Early Origins of the Byrnam family
The surname Byrnam was first found in Herefordshire
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 Byrnam family
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Byrnam Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Byrnam family name include Burnham, Burnam and others.
Early Notables of the Byrnam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrnam family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Byrnam surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Burnham, who came to Barbados in 1635; William Burnham, who arrived at St. Christopher in 1635; John Burnham, who arrived in Virginia in 1643; Thomas Burnham who settled in Hartford, Conn. in 1649, beginning a distinguished line in America.