Burgar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Burgar are in the Old French/Middle English word "burgeis," which denoted a freeman of a fortified town. Generally, the name made its way to England with the Normans, and then across to Ireland, but it in some cases it may have crossed directly from England to Ireland. In Irish Gaelic, the name has been written "Brugha."

Early Origins of the Burgar family

The surname Burgar was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where one named Burgess was a witness to the Charter of Rosbercon in New Ross. In 1420, another Burgess was recorded as an assessor for County Kildare. In Dublin, records include many references to the name Burgess.

Important Dates for the Burgar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burgar research. Another 25 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Burgar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burgar Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Burgess, Burys and others.

Early Notables of the Burgar family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Daniel Burgess, a Dublin priest in 1681, who was notorious for his attacks on the Quakers. Henry Burgess, the sheriff of Kilkenny...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burgar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burgar migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burgar Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Burgar, aged 47, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [1]


  1. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
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