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Type Surname (from nickname & from location)
Pronounced Pron. Buhrn-el(Old English, Middle English)  [key]
Other Forms FormsBurnell, Burnhill, Byrnell, Burnel, Burnil, Burnill, Bernal, Burnal, Burnall

Meaning & History

A name for a person with a brown complexion or dark brown hair. From the Old English burnel via the French brunel a diminutive of the French brun, which means "brown". The suffix el-- a short form of "little" was added to brun to make Brunel.

Another possible origin is from Olde English as a locational surname that derives from places called Burnt-hill or Burnhill. The surname was first recorded in 1087 in Shropshire, England.
Added 5/4/2020 by jenna.lucille