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Amongst the more unusual surnames are those that derive from the pre 6th Century Olde English "beornan", meaning "to burn". In some nameholders the origination is topographic, and given to dwellers on "burnt land". This particularly applies to Yorkshire where much of the county was totally laid waste (and remained so for two hundred years) by William the Conqueror in 1070 in retribution for continued resistance to his invasion. One such recording was that of Simon del Brend in the 1318 Friary Rolls of York. However, the more usual explanation for the name is that it is a nickname for one who carried a brand mark on his forehead...

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