Burbage History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the Burbage name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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. 
Early Origins of the Burbage family
The surname Burbage was first found in Leicestershire at Burbage, a chapelry, in the parish of AstonFlamville, union of Hinckley, hundred of Sparkenhoe.  Alternatively the name could have been from Burbage, a parish, in the union of Pewsey, hundred of Kinwardstone, Marlborough and Ramsbury in Wiltshire.  
Early History of the Burbage family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burbage 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 Burbage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burbage Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Burbage include Burbage, Burbidge, Burbyche, Burbridge and others.
Early Notables of the Burbage 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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Migration of the Burbage family to Ireland
Some of the Burbage family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Burbage migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Burbage or a variant listed above:
Burbage Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Burbage, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 
- Thomas Burbage who settled in Virginia in 1642
- Tho Burbage, who landed in Virginia in 1642 
- William Burbage, who arrived in Maryland in 1654 
Burbage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maggie Burbage, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1895
Burbage Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Anne Burbage, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Dromod, Ireland, in 1902
- Richard V. Burbage, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1904
- Katie Burbage, aged 18, who landed in America from Longford, in 1906
- Michael Burbage, aged 30, who settled in America from Moate, Ireland, in 1909
- Alice Burbage, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Bolton, England, in 1910
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Burbage migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Burbage Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joel Burbage, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Burbage (post 1700) +
- Cornell Rodney Burbage (b. 1965), retired American football player and coach
- Jake Burbage (b. 1992), American actor, best known for his role on the television series Grounded for Life
- J. Burbage (b. 1800), English first-class cricketer who played for the Cambridge Town Club in 1825
- David Burbage, British Conservative politician, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (2007-)
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 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)