The Burnell Family Website
I've set up this website for our family
members,... to allow them to search out their roots and to help them know where they originated. Some families know
a great deal about their roots; others know very little. This site is an attempt to record what I've learned about our family
history. In these modern times, families tend to be scattered all over the country, if not the world. One of the goals of
this web site is to help our family stay connected even though we may live far apart.
It's interesting to identify
the strong historical connections dating back many centuries within the Burnell family name.
There are records of the name 'Burnell' which date back to the year 1066 in England. The Magna Carta showed
a list of names of knights who came to Britain from Normandy with William I in 1066 - to whom he gave manor houses and lands,
and in that list of names, was one called "BURNELL".
All knights were allowed a 'Coat of Arms' and at
that time, the 'Burnell' Coat of Arms was designed and registered as shown below. Other 'Burnell' Coat of Arms were registered
and I will update this site as information becomes available.
There was a Robert Burnell, who became Bishop of Bath
& Wells, then later went on to become Lord Chancellor in the 14th Century. More information is shown on the 'Other Burnells'
link re Acton Burnell Castle.
I am also led to believe at the time of Henry VIII, who reigned from 1509 to 1547, he
gave to his auditor, the first 'Squire' Burnell, Winkburne Hall Mansion in the County of Nottinghamshire. It included a lawn
which possesses the largest copper-beach hedge in England, a park, an inn, 280 acres of woodland, several farms, and a church,
which houses the family vault, plus the tombs holding generations of 'Burnells'.
There was also a John BURNELL, who
became Lord Mayor of London 1787-88. Born about 1705 and died 1790 (buried White Waltham, Berks). He was a stonemason. His
wife was named Elizabeth and one known son Thomas who died young. John's siblings were Elizabeth (married TEBBS), Martin,
Jane (married BAGGETT?), George, and Hannah (married PEARSON).
The 'Burnell' name over the centuries also has some
variations in the way it was spelt. At one time the name had an 'e' on the end, 'Burnelle' and so we could believe that it
originally came from France. I have also seen others shown as 'Brunelle', 'Brunel', 'Barnell', 'Bunnell' and 'Burnel'.
One surmise is that I K Brunel the world renowned engineer of the 18th Century; and builder of
the "Great Western" Steamships, the "Thames Tunnel", "Great Western Railway" and many Bridges
throughout England, plus numerous other inventions, was related to the Burnell clan. You can read much more of this famous
man, by going to the "Other Burnells" link on the Navigation Bar to the left.
Well, there's a little
bit of history for you. At this point in time, I have nothing set in concrete to indicate that I am directly connected to
any of the aforemnentioned Burnell's, however the history intrigues me. Quite a number of Burnells certainly made a name for
Why not take a tour of my site and see what other things interest you?
Have you considered
researching your own family tree?
I hope my website may give you some ideas on this facinating and interesting
Author: Roy Burnell
Our Coat of Arms
- Motto -
"Caritas Fructum Habet"
(Charity Bears Fruit)
a number of family members and other people, who have contributed important information with me over the past 30 years,for
which I am eternally grateful. I also sought information by researching public records.
Many family members have since passed on and so this website is
a 'Thank You' for all your efforts.
Without all of your input, this website could not be possible.
the course of doing this research, I've discovered that I have many more relatives than I ever thought possible!
This is a work in progress, so please contact me if you have any information that might help complete the picture for me.