The history of the Burbrage family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Burbrage family
The surname Burbrage 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 Burbrage family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burbrage 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 Burbrage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burbrage 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 Burbrage include Burbage, Burbidge, Burbyche, Burbridge and others.
Early Notables of the Burbrage 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 Burbrage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burbrage family to Ireland
Some of the Burbrage 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 Burbrage family to the New World and Oceana
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 Burbrage or a variant listed above: Thomas Burbage who settled in Virginia in 1642; Thomas Burbadge settled in Virginia in 1653; Elizabeth Burbridge settled in New England
in 1775; Thomas Burbridge her husband also settled in New England
in the same year.