Burnett Family History

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Burnett Name Meaning

Scottish and English: descriptive nickname from Old French burnete, a diminutive of brun ‘brown’ (see Brown).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Burnette, Burdett, Bernett, Dunnett, Gurnett, Burnet, Burkett

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Burnett Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Burnett name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Burnett. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Burnett Family Origin

Where is the Burnett family from?

Burnett Family Occupations

What did your Burnett ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Burnett family was Coal Miner. The most common Burnett occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Burnett's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Burnett.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Burnett ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Burnett Historical Records

What Burnett family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 413,000 census records available for the last name Burnett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burnett census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 38,000 immigration records available for the last name Burnett. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 72,000 military records available for the last name Burnett. For the veterans among your Burnett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Burnett Life Expectancy

What is the average Burnett lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Burnett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Burnett in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Burnett

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Burnett ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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