Origin of the Name Burnett
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 Burnett
include Burnell, Burnard, Burnet, Bernard and Bernardin. This name is derived from the old French word 'brun' meaning 'brown'. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Custance Burnard, Cambridge, and a William Bernard, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. An Andrew Burnet was registered in the University of Oxford in the year 1546. In Scotland about the year 1200 a Roger Burnard made two grants to the Monks of Melrose from his lands of Faringdun, one of them being witnessed by his four sons, Gaufrid, Ralph, Walter and Richard. In Ireland the names Burnett, Burnell and Brunell have existed in Counties Meath and Dublin since the thirteenth century and in County Clare since the sixteenth century. Burnett is also found in County Monaghan since the seventeenth century.
The Burnett 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 Burnett descendants.