Last name: Burns
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As my father always told us; "We are Irish! If anyone ever tries to tell you that we came from Soctland or England, politely explain that our ancestors were very strong swimmers and made it to the Emerald Isle". Erin go Bragh! :)
i did not know the last name Burns is comon.my name is relly Katherine danieell burns
I was told by my father that we were Scottish and Irish and by all I've read this makes a lot of sense. My Father was James and his father from what he told me was Henry or Henny or Hendrick. My father was born in NYC in 1918. Anyway I would like to say Hi ! to all you Burns's. So Hi from Frank.
My dad has been chasing our geliology for some time now. He has fallowed our roots to 3 generations that lived in Germany, and then he got stuck. :(
I have often wondered about this with my Grandpa having the surname Burns. He was born in Shropshire, records so far show he of irish descent - strangely enough he married an english girl of irish descent, up to now I have traced both their origins to Ireland,maternal side south west. All interesting research, love it would do it all day if it was possible!
Whilst correct for the English/Scots origin of the name, there is a completely seperate origin which would account for most of those of Irish origin that maintain a Catholic tradition in their family (due to the fact that families generally maintain these traditions, and most English/Scots rooted families would have been of the Protestant faith, with very little reason to convert to Catholicism, given the times). Many Irish Burns (like myself) would more likely originate from an alternative anglicisation of Ó Broin (a root shared with the Byrne, O'Byrne, Byrnes), which was the Wicklow/Kildare based clan of Bran, whose probable origin is Bran mac Máelmórda, King of Leinster, deposed in 1018. Bran means Raven, if you fancy a family totem.
Just read that the name BURNS is Scottish as far back as 1327, under King Edward I of England. The Burns Clan were called the "unruly ones," and held territory on the north borders of England . Clan Burns has it own tartan and shield, very pretty too. We had researched genealogy for years and thought Burns were sects of Clan Campbell, glad to find we have our own clan.
I've traced my Italian side back to the 1600, BUT the Irish?????? All I've gotten back to is my Burns family coming to the US in 1860 and living in Baltimore Maryland.
What steps should I take to get back to Ireland? I've been working on this for years.
My Burns family lives in Oklahoma and Texas. My great grandfather was Grady Burns, a coal miner, in McAlester, OK. I'm not sure where we come from "originally". We have family in Arkansas and Louisiana as well.