Berglay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Berglay family
The surname Berglay was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat at Burghill, a parish, in the hundred of Grimsworth.  They later acquired estates at Thinghill.
However, their descent can be traced by to the Domesday Book,  where conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands and village of Burghill, held by Alfred of Marlborough who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Burgill held a mill and 25 eel ponds.
Early History of the Berglay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berglay research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1545, 1572, 1641, 1645, 1646, 1665 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Berglay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berglay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Burghill, Burgehill, Burghil, Burghall, Burghal, Burkhill, Birkhill, Burkell, Berghill, Berghil, Bergle, Burgle and many more.
Early Notables of the Berglay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Burhill or Burghill (1572-1641), English divine, born at Dymock, Gloucestershire, descended from the Burghills of Thinghill, Herefordshire. 
Henry Burkhead (fl. 1645), was an English dramatist, a merchant of Bristol and author of a tragedy, 'Cola's Fury, or Lirenda's Misery,' which was never acted, and probably was not written for the stage...
Migration of the Berglay family to Ireland
Some of the Berglay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Berglay family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..