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Burton is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Burton family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Burton family lived in Burton which is the "name of no less than forty parishes and places in England."  The name literally means "fortified enclosure" or "fortified farmstead." 
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Burton have been found, including Burton, Birton, Byrton, Burtone and others.
First found in Shropshire where they were descended conjecturally from Drogo de Beuvriere a kinsman of William the Conqueror who held lands at Burton Agnes, Burton Constable and a manor house or castle at Burton Pidsea. The surname "is derived from Boreton, in the parish of Condover, in Shropshire, an estate which remained in the family until the reign of James I. 'Goiffrid de Bortona' (Burton,) one of the foresters of Shropshire, in the reign of Henry I., is the first recorded ancestor."  Another branch of the family was found at Dalton in Lancashire in early times. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, the manor was held by a Saxon chief named Gilmichael, and it was afterwards annexed to the manor of Burton; soon after the time of Richard I. it seems to have been granted to the family of Burton." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burton research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1350, 1300, 1354, 1600, 1853, 1661, 1656, 1659, 1632, 1681, 1575, 1645, 1622, 1609, 1682, 1668, 1714, 1748, 1953 and are included under the topic Early Burton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Burton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Burton were among those contributors:
Burton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- George Burton, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607
- Richard Burton who settled in Virginia in 1624
- Richard Burton, who landed in Virginia in 1624
- Boniface Burton, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1632
- Jo Burton, aged 17, arrived in Barbados in 1635
Burton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Peter Burton, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
- Henry Burton, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
- Samuel Burton, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
- Charles Burton, who arrived in America in 1722
- Thos Burton, who arrived in South Carolina in 1735
Burton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Burton, who landed in Maryland in 1807
- John Burton, who landed in America in 1811
- Joseph Burton, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812
- Joseph Burton settled in Portland Maine in 1820
- Thomas Burton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1821
Burton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henry Charles Burton, who landed in Alabama in 1922
Burton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Burton settled in St. John's and was Constable of Bonavista in 1706
- Daniel Burton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Richd Burton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Robt Burton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Benjn Burton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Burton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ally Burton, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811
- John Burton, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork
Burton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Burton, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Stephen Burton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Burton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Burton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
- Elizabeth Burton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
Burton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Burton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Burton landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
- Richard Burton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
- James Burton, aged 51, a smith, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
- Elizabeth Burton arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
- Anthony "Tony" Burton (1937-2016), American actor, comedian, boxer and football player, best known for his role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky franchise
- Gabrielle Burton (1939-2015), American feminist novelist and screenwriter, known for her novel "Iím Running Away From Home but Iím Not Allowed to Cross the Street: A Primer of Womenís Liberation"
- George Aubrey Burton Jr., (1926-2014), American Certified Public Accountant, Finance Commissioner of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana (1971-1978)
- Raymond S. "Ray" Burton (1939-2013), American politician, New Hampshire Executive Council District 1 (1977-1979)
- Levardis Robert Martyn Burton Jr. (b. 1957), American actor, director, producer and author better known as LeVar Burton
- Harold Hitz Burton (1888-1964), American lawyer, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1945-58)
- James Burton (b. 1939), American guitarist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2001
- Tim Burton (b. 1958), American animator, filmmaker, director
- Mr. Edward John Burton (d. 1912), aged 32, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Harry Burton (1879-1940), English Egyptologist and archaeological photographer
- Family of John M. Burton and Sarah Whitmore Burton by Broadus McAfee.
- Our Courageous Ancestors: Facts and Fables, 1600-1974 by Marie Erwin Detty.
- Notes on the Richard and John Burton Families, New York and Massachusetts, 1850-1973 by John Bradley Arthaud.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Lux vitae
Motto Translation: The Light is my guide.
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The Burton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burton 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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