Burness families of Russian and French-Canadian origin which are not connected to the Scottish family.
- Descendants of Isaac Burness born in Russia, and emigrated to the United States about 1900.
- Descendants of Joseph N. Burness born in Quebec, later a carpenter in New Haven, Connecticut. His family name was originally Bornais.
- Descendants of Maurice Burness born in Russia. His sons emigrated to the United States. Family name was probably Benetovich in Russia.