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Where did the English Burrage family come from? What is the English Burrage family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burrage family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burrage family history?

The name Burrage is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old English name Burgric, which means powerful fortress.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Burrage has undergone many spelling variations, including Burridge, Burrich, Burrage, Burrige and others.

First found in Suffolk. Burridge is a small village in the south of Hampshire, but one must remember that this local was formerly known as Caiger's Green.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burrage research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Burrage History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Burrage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Burrage were among those contributors:

Burrage Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Amy Burrage, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Henry Burrage, aged 39, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1897

Burrage Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice H. Burrage, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Albert C. Burrage, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Albert C. Burrage, aged 43, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Marguerite K. Burrage, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Elsie Burrage, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908


  • Billy Michael Burrage (b. 1950), former chief judge, U.S. District Courts for Eastern, Northern, and Western Oklahoma
  • Ronnie Burrage (b. 1959), American jazz drummer
  • Sean Burrage (b. 1968), American politician, State Senator from Oklahoma
  • Steve Burrage (b. 1952), American politician, State Auditor from Oklahoma
  • Mr. Alfred Burrage, aged 20, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Alfred McLelland Burrage (1889-1956), British writer
  • Luke Burrage (b. 1980), British entertainer and author
  • Nathan Burrage (b. 1971), Australian writer


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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

The Burrage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burrage 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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