Burnam Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Origins of Burnam:
In old Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Burnam surname resided in any of the various places called Burnham in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, or Suffolk. These place names acquire from the Old English words burna or water source and ham, or homestead. It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has regulated. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Burnam are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated components of other European languages, even educated people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Burnam include Burnham, Burnam and much more.

More common variations are: Burnham, Burnama, Burnahm, Burhnam, Burnaam, Burinam, Burname, Beurnam, Burnnam, Bhurnama.

The surname Burnam first appeared in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Some say well before the Norman Invasion and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD.

Many of the people with surname Burnam had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Burnam landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 17th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Burnam who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included William Burnam, who came to Maryland in the year 1658.

The following century saw more Burnam surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Burnam who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Burnam, who arrived in San Francisco in the year 1861.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Burnam: United States 1,818; Australia 6; India 6; Mexico 3; Netheriands 2; Singapore 1; Germany 1; Romania 1; South Africa 1; Thailand 1.

Notable People:
Lon Maxwell Burnam (born July 1953) is an old member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 90, which includes downtown Fort Worth, Texas, and surrounding areas. A Democrat, Burnam is the former executive director of the Dallas Peace Center. He initially selected to the state House in 1996. In March 2016, Burnam ran last with 269,853 votes (24.8 percent) in a three-candidate field in the Democratic primary election for the seat on the Texas Railroad Commission being vacated by the Republican David J. Porter. The two remaining Democratic candidates, Cody Garrett, who polled 382,647 votes (35.2 percent), and Grady Yarbrough, with 434,137 votes (40 percent), will met in the May 24 runoff election to choose the party nominee for the position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds two master’s degree, one from UT-Austin and the second in municipal and regional planning from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the Society of Friends or the Quaker Church. He voted against the 2013 legislation to ban abortion beyond the twentieth week of gestation. He opposed companion legislation to increase the medical and health requirements of agencies performing abortions. He is rated 0 percent by The Texas Right to Life Committee.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Lincolnshire). Or, a maunch vert.
2) Gu. a chev. or, betw. three lions’ heads erased ar.
3) Ar. a bend sa. betw. two crosses crosslet of the second.

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