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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.
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.
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.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burgan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Burgan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Burgan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
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