Birsdtall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Birsdtall family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Birsdtall comes from when the family lived in Suffolk, where the family could be found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Birsdtall family

The surname Birsdtall was first found in Suffolk at Burstall, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Burgestala [1] and literally meant "site of a fort or stronghold," from the Old English word "burh-stall." [2]

Important Dates for the Birsdtall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birsdtall research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1206, 1230, 1273, 1273, 1316, 1500 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Birsdtall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birsdtall Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Birsdtall has appeared include Burstall, Burstal, Burstalle, Birstall, Birkestalle, Berstall, Byrstall, Burstow, Burstoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Birsdtall family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Birsdtall family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Birsdtall arrived in North America very early: Mary Harvey Bearsly, who came to Massachusetts in 1635; Joseph Bearsly, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635; Agnes Kempe Birdsall, who settled in Boston in 1635.

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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