Burnett (surname)

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Burnett is a Scottish surname. It is derived from a nickname from the Old French burnete, brunette, which is a diminutive of brun meaning "brown", "dark brown". Another proposed origin of the name is from burnete, a high quality wool cloth originally dyed to a dark brown colour.[1][2]

People with the surname[edit]


  • Bronc Burnett, central character in a series of children's books by Wilfred McCormick

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde; Wilson, Richard Middlewood (2006). A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. p. 518. ISBN 0-203-99355-1.
  2. ^ a b "Burnett Name Meaning and History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 30 May 2009.