Byrnicle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Byrnicle comes from when the family resided in Warwickshire, where they took their name from the hamlet of Barnacle in the parish of Bulkington, six miles from Coventry. 
Early Origins of the Byrnicle family
The surname Byrnicle was first found in Warwickshire at Barnacle, a hamlet, in the parish of Bulkington, union of Nuneaton, Kirby division of the hundred of Knightlow.  "It is mentioned in the Conqueror's survey, and is supposed to have anciently belonged to the family of Fitzwith."  At that time it was spelt Bernhangre.  The place name literally means "wooded slope by a barn," from the Old English words "bere-aern" + "hangra." 
Early History of the Byrnicle family
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Byrnicle Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Byrnicle include Barnacle, Barnicle, Bernicle, Barnackle, Barnackell, Barnaucle and many more.
Early Notables of the Byrnicle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrnicle family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Barnacle who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772.