Show ContentsBurbach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Burbach surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Leicestershire, and held a family seat at the village of Burbage. There is also a Burbage Brook in Padley Gorge, Derbyshire. The surname is derived from the Old English form of Burbage on the Wye, which means someone who lived at the brook or valley of the burg. [1]

Early Origins of the Burbach family

The surname Burbach was first found in Leicestershire at Burbage, a chapelry, in the parish of AstonFlamville, union of Hinckley, hundred of Sparkenhoe. [2] Alternatively the name could have been from Burbage, a parish, in the union of Pewsey, hundred of Kinwardstone, Marlborough and Ramsbury in Wiltshire. [3] [4]

Early History of the Burbach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burbach research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1576, 1567, 1619, 1531, 1597, 1566, 1636, 1567, 1619, 1607, 1631 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Burbach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burbach Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Burbach include Burbage, Burbidge, Burbyche, Burbridge and others.

Early Notables of the Burbach family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Burbidge; James Burbage (or Burbadge) (1531-1597), an English actor, theatre impresario; and his son Cuthbert Burbage (1566-1636), English theatrical figure; and his brother, Richard Burbage (c.1567-1619) British actor, member of the Earl of...
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Burbach Ranking

In the United States, the name Burbach is the 11,263rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Burbach family to Ireland

Some of the Burbach family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Burbach migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Burbach Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Miss Marie Burbach, aged 17, who arrived in Virginia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1635 [6]
Burbach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Burbach, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771 [7]
Burbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Jak Burbach, who arrived in America in 1854 [7]
  • Georg Burbach, who arrived in America in 1856 [7]
  • Peter Burbach, who landed in America in 1860 [7]
  • Carl Burbach, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [7]
  • George Burbach, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1880 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Burbach (post 1700) +

  • William David "Bill" Burbach (1947-2022), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Yankees from 1969 to 1971
  • Herta Burbach Feely, American award-winning writer, editor, and child safety activist

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook