The origins of the name Burgese 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
. In Irish Gaelic, the name has been written "Brugha."
Early Origins of the Burgese family
The surname Burgese 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.
Early History of the Burgese family
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Early Notables of the Burgese 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 Burgese Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burgese family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Burgess and his wife and their eight children, who settled in Prescott, Ontario in 1825; Arthur Burgess, who immigrated to Quebec in 1850; and Ann and George Burgess, who arrived in Boston in 1847. A number of Burgesses landed in New York between 1840 and 1860.
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