of 1066 brought the Barst family name to the British Isles. They lived in
. The family name comes from a place in
in the arrondisement of Vire, Canton of Vassy, Normandy.
where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
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A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bursey, Burcey, Bursie, Boursey, Borsey, Bourcey, Borsie and many more.
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Barst or a variant listed above: Richard Bursey, who settled in Maryland in 1742; and Catherine Bursy, who arrived in America in 1752.