Burns Family Crest


Burns family crest

Colors on the Burns family crest explained

Argent (silver) - tells of the peaceful and sincere nature of the Burns family.

Azure (blue) - represents the Green family's loyal and truthful nature.



  Symbols on the Burns family crest explained

The three fleur-de-lis - represents purity, light and religious connections including connections of the Virgin Mary. A connection to the Burns early religious associations.

The hunting horn - represents people who enjoy high pursuits in life. The hand grasping the horn signifies success in those pursuits.

The Chevron shape - symbolizes the historical family home, the importance of home for Burns family members through the years and the safety this provides.

The two stars - symbolize the noble and good qualities of family members, It also represents additional divine characteristics granted from a higher power.


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Origins of the Burns family name

    The earliest known use of the name Burns is from the 12th century, when it was used as a given name for boys.

    It is thought to be of Scottish origin, and may be derived from the Old English burna, meaning "stream" or "brook".


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    Summary of the Burns family and the Burns family crest

    • The name Burns is derived from the Scottish Gaelic word for "stream" or "burn."
    • The first recorded use of the name Burns dates back to the 12th century.
    • The name Burns is associated with the Clan Campbell of Argyll.
    • The first person to bear the name Burns was William de Burness, who was a member of the Clan Campbell.
    • The Burns family can trace their roots back to the Highlands of Scotland.
    • The Burns clan tartan is predominantly green and blue.
    • The current Chief of the Clan Burns is John Burns of Burns.
      • The name Burns became more widely popular in the 18th century, when the Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote about his love for his country.
      • The Burns family name in America can be traced back to the early 1600s, when Scottish immigrants began arriving in the New World.
      • The first Burns settlers in America were likely William and John Burns, who came to Virginia in 1642.