Burns Family History
Burns Name Meaning
Scottish (central Scotland and northern England): habitational name from any of various places called formerly Burnis Burnes or Burnhouse (named with burn- ‘stream’) especially those in Kincardineshire Renfrewshire Dunbartonshire and possibly Argyll. English and Scottish: variant either of Burn with post-medieval excrescent -s or of Barnes . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin (see Byrne ) with excrescent -s. American shortened and altered form of Jewish Bernstein .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press