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

The origins of the name Burgess 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."

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burgess research. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Burgess History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 105 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burgess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burgess Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Joane Burgess, who landed in Maryland in 1638
  • Alexander Burgess, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652
  • Joseph Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Robert Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1652

Burgess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Tho Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Eliz Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Edward Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Thos Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1714


Burgess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robt Burgess, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Samuel Burgess, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • George Burgess, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Ann and George Burgess, who arrived in Boston in 1847
  • Alexander Burgess jumped ship, the "Royal George," and settled at Witless Bay in 1847


Burgess Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • W Burgess, who landed in Arkansas in 1905

Burgess Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Benjamin Burgess U.E who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was part of the Port Matoon Association
  • Mr. John Burgess U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Patrick Burgess settled in St. Mary's, Newfoundland, in 1792

Burgess Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Burgess and his wife and their eight children, who settled in Prescott, Ontario in 1825
  • Daniel Burgess and his wife Avice settled in Prescott, Ontario, in 1825 with their seven children
  • Arthur Burgess, who immigrated to Quebec in 1850
  • Henry Burgess, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Burgess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas S. Burgess, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Burgess, a baker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Henry Burgess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
  • William Burgess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Burgess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840


Burgess Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Burgess landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isaac James Burgess landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • W B Burgess landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • W. B. Burgess, aged 30, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mary Burgess, aged 38, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850


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  • Lieutenant General Ronald L Burgess Jr. (b. 1952), American Army officer, Deputy Director of National Intelligence from 2005 to 2007
  • Neil Burgess (1846-1910), American vaudeville comedian
  • Thornton Burgess (1874-1965), American conservationist and children's author
  • Michael C. Burgess (b. 1950), American physician and politician
  • Sharna Burgess, American actress, known for her wok on Dancing with the Stars
  • Charles William St John Burgess (1874-1922), known as Cathal Brugha, a leader in the Irish War of Independence and the Minister of Defense in the first Irish Parliament
  • Thomas Burgess (1756-1837), English author, philosopher, Bishop of Saint David's and Bishop of Salisbury
  • Michael John Clement Burgess OBE (b. 1946), British coroner of The Queen's Household
  • Anthony Burgess (1917-1993), British novelist, critic and composer
  • Claude Burgess CMG, OBE, MA (1910-1988), British Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1958-1963

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  • The Burgess Family by Harol Donal Burgess.
  • Burgess, Mullins, Browning, Brown and Allied Families by James A. Burgess.
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The Burgess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burgess 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 18 February 2015 at 13:15.

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