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Posted: 04-Aug-2008, 07:54 PM
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Background: The surname of Burns comes from "Burnhouse" a dwelling near a burn or a stream. Although "burn" is a common word in Scotland for a stream, the word originated in Old English. The singular form "Burn" is found in Dumfries and Galloway in the 13th and 14th century. The poet Robert Burns' father came from Kincardineshire on the east coast of Scotland and spelt his name Burness. Robert and his brother adopted the spelling "Burns" a form which first appeared in written records only in the 17th century.

Variations: Bernis, Bernes, Bernys, Burns, Burnis, Burnice, Burness, Burnes, Burnace, Burnasse, Burns.

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Posted: 04-Aug-2008, 09:05 PM
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With all respect to the Family Burns I can only say that I hope that Robbie was the only one of his ilk as he was a cad and a rake. Also a great poet.

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