Barnwell Family History
Barnwell Name Meaning
English (Warwickshire): habitational name from a place so called in Cambridgeshire and another in Northamptonshire both named with Old English beorn ‘warrior’ (genitive plural beorna) or the Old English personal name Beorna + well(a) ‘stream’. Irish (Dublin Meath): of English origin (the same as 1 above). Sir Michael de Berneval or de Barneval took part in Strongbow's expedition to Ireland in 117 He first held land in Berehavan Cork before the main landing in Leinster. The English surname was Gaelicized as de Bearnabhal.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press