Origin of the Name Burnell
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Burnell
include Burnel, Bernal, Burnal and Burnall. This name is derived from the old French word 'brun' meaning 'brown'. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Phillip Burnell of County Leicestershire and a Hubert Burnell of County Norfolk who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A John Burnel of County Somerset was recorded in 'Kirby's Quest' in the reign of Edward III. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name Burnell has existed in Counties Dublin and Meath since the thirteenth century and in County Clare since the sixteenth century.
The Burnell coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Burnell descendants.