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Burgan is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Burgan family lived in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Burgan are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Burgan include Burgon, Burgoin, Burgunie, Burgoyne, Burgoyn, Burgoigne, Burgane, Burgin and many more.

First found in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century. The name originated in the region of Burgundy in France.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burgan research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1210, 1273, 1273, 1319, 1379, 1500, 1638, 1680, 1682, 1683, 1703, 1764, 1592, 1657 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Burgan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burgan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Burgan, or a variant listed above:

Burgan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Burgan, who settled in Virginia in 1703
  • Anne Burgan, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Mary Burgan, who came to America in 1710

Burgan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Curtis Burgan, who settled in New York, NY in 1820
  • Robert Burgan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Daniel Burgan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875

Burgan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Burgan, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah"
  • Thomas Burgan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • Robert Burgan, aged 20, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"

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  • Marwan Burgan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004


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  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Burgan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burgan 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.

This page was last modified on 29 October 2015 at 09:43.

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