Byrnikel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Byrnikel is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived 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 Byrnikel family
The surname Byrnikel 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 Byrnikel family
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Byrnikel Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Byrnikel has been recorded under many different variations, including Barnacle, Barnicle, Bernicle, Barnackle, Barnackell, Barnaucle and many more.
Early Notables of the Byrnikel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrnikel family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Byrnikel or a variant listed above: John Barnacle who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772.