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Where did the English Berdan family come from? What is the English Berdan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Berdan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Berdan family history?The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Berdan family, whose name comes from the Norman personal name Burdo, which is thought to be of Germanic origin.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Burdon, Burden, Bourden, Bourdon, Birden, Berden, Burdin, Burdin, Burdun, Burdon, Burdune, Burghdone, Burdoun and many more.
First found in Essex where they were granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings. Baron Burden appears in the Role of Battel Abbey and the Domesday Book as holding lands held by the Count of Mortain and leased to Richard de Surdeval.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berdan research. Another 358 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1128, 1166, 1180, 1217, 1273, 1296, 1333, 1467, 1497, 1574, 1758, 1764, 1817, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Berdan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Berdan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Berdan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Berdan or a variant listed above:
Berdan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Berdan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berdan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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