Show ContentsBurbidge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 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 Burbidge family

The surname Burbidge 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 Burbidge family

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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

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 Burbag...

Ireland 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 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Burbidge migration to the United States +

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 5

Australia Burbidge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burbidge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Burbidge, (Barbridge), (b. 1780), aged 36, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1829 6
  • Mr. John Burbidge, British convict who was convicted in Rutland, East Midlands, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 7
  • Mr. William Burbidge, English convict who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st September 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 8
  • Mr. William Burbidge, English convict who was convicted in Coventry, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 9

Contemporary Notables of the name Burbidge (post 1700) +

  • Eleanor Margaret Burbidge FRS (1919-2020), née Peachey, a British-American astrophysicist, Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and President of the American Astronomical Society
  • Geoffrey Ronald Burbidge (b. 1925), American (British born) physicist, professor at the University of California, San Diego
  • 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

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  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. 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)
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