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The ancestors of the name Birley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the fort by the wood having derived from the Old English burhleah.

Birley Early Origins



The surname Birley was first found in Somerset where Burley Castle where a motte and bailey castle of the late 11th or early 12th century remains to this day. The village and civil parish Burley, or Burley-on-the-Hill, is located two miles north-east of Oakham in Rutland. Burleigh Castle is located near the village of Milnathort, in Perth and Kinross, Scotland and dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. It was held by the Balfours from 1446. Burleigh is also a village in Berkshire, England, within the civil parish of Warfield.

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Birley Spelling Variations


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Birley Spelling Variations



Birley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Burley, Burleigh, Burlie, Burrley, Burrlie, Burrleigh, Burly, Bourley, Bourleigh, Bourly, Berly and many more.

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Birley Early History


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Birley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birley research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1344, 1301, 1305, 1437, 1409, 1336, 1388, 1384, 1388, 1388, 1485 and 1510 are included under the topic Early Birley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Walter Burley (or Burleigh), (c.1275-1344), a medieval English logician, master of Arts at Oxford in 1301, and a fellow of Merton College, Oxford until 1305; William Burley, Speaker of the House of Commons of England in March 1437; and John Burley, Sheriff of county Salop...

Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birley In Ireland


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Birley In Ireland



Some of the Birley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Birley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Birley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849

Birley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Birley, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Birley, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Birley, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Frank Birley, aged 2 mths, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Birley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Birley (post 1700)



  • Mathew Birley (b. 1986), English professional footballer
  • Derek Birley (1926-2002), English educator and writer
  • Anthony Birley (b. 1937), Professor of Ancient History at University of Manchester (1974-90)
  • Sir Robert Birley (1903-1982), English educationist and scholar
  • Oswald Birley (1880-1952), British portrait painter
  • Francis Birley (1850-1910), England international footballer
  • Eric Birley (1906-1995), British historian and archaeologist
  • Andrew Birley (b. 1974), British archaeologist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Birley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birley 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 30 November 2014 at 09:27.

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