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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English

Meaning & History

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name from Burnley in Lancashire, so named with the Old English river name Brun (from brun ‘brown’ or burna ‘stream’) + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

Famous bearer of this surname would be Ben Burnley of the Pennsylvania-based Alt-Rock band Breaking Benjamin.
Added 7/4/2017 by TanorFaux
Edited 4/26/2024 by Mike C