The ancestors of the name Burbidge date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Derbyshire
, 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. Burbage is a parish in Leicestershire
and a village and civil parish in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire
, but it is the Derbyshire
village that the surname originates.
Early Origins of the Burbidge family
The surname Burbidge was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Burbidge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burbidge research.Another 291 words (21 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 Burbidge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burbidge Spelling Variations
Burbidge has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Burbidge have been found, including Burbage, Burbidge, Burbyche, Burbridge and others.
Early Notables of the Burbidge 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... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burbidge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burbidge family to Ireland
Some of the Burbidge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burbidge family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Burbidges to arrive on North American shores:
Burbidge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Burbidge, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Burbidge (post 1700)
- Geoffrey Ronald Burbidge (b. 1925), American (British born) physicist, professor at the University of California, San Diego
- Eleanor Margaret Burbidge (b. 1919), American (British-born) astronomer
- Nancy Tyson Burbidge, Australian botanist, conservationist and herbarium curator
- George Wheelock Burbidge, Canadian lawyer, judge and author, best known for having conducted the prosecution of Louis Riel during his trial for treason