Show ContentsBurchall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Burchall arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Burchall family lived in Berkshire from a place of that name. The name is thought to have been originally Norman where "this family, probably foreign, descends from Sir Humphry Burghill or Burchell, a companion of Bernard de Neumarché in the conquest of Brecknock, 1088. About 1150 William de Burchall was witness to a gift to Hereford Abbey; and later, David de Burchall. " [1]

Early Origins of the Burchall family

The surname Burchall was first found in Herefordshire where literally the name means "dweller at, or on, the hill of birch trees." [2]

Early History of the Burchall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burchall research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1737, 1715, 1727 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Burchall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burchall Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Burchall, Burchell, Burchill, Burchhell, Burtchell, Burtchill, Burtchaell and many more.

Early Notables of the Burchall family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Eustace Budgell (1686-1737), an English writer and politician who represented Mullingar in the Irish House of Commons (1715-1727.) "He was the son of Gilbert Budgell, D.D., of St...
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Ireland Migration of the Burchall family to Ireland

Some of the Burchall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 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 Burchall migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Burchall or a variant listed above:

Burchall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Burchall, who landed in Maryland in 1675-1680 [3]

Australia Burchall migration to Australia +

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

Burchall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Burchall, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 13th July 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Burchall, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Burchall (post 1700) +

  • Angus Burchall, American musician, known for Four Jacks (2001), Gross Misconduct (1993) and Whispering Jack: In Concert (1987)
  • Stewart Burchall, American artist, known for Love and Monsters (2020), 10,000 BC (2008) and Unbroken (2014)
  • Wylie Burchall, American director, known for Death Divan (2012) and Alestorm: Live at the End of the World (2013)
  • Ajani Alexander Edward Burchall (b. 2004), Bermudian professional footballer from Hamilton, Bermuda who plays as a winger for Premier League team Aston Villa

Suggested Readings for the name Burchall +

  • The Burchetts (also the Burchard Family) of Eat Kentucky and Their Descendants by Margette Sue Holden.

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th February 2022). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 1st February 2021 from on Facebook