Burcham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burcham family

The surname Burcham was first found in Swabia, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family originated as a branch of the Andlau family and took their name from the castle and village Middle-Berkheim near Strassburg. The family acquired extensive estates and became knights of Swabia in the Neckar-Schwarzwald and Ortenau regions.

Early History of the Burcham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burcham research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1787, 1817, and 1849 are included under the topic Early Burcham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burcham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Berckheim, Berckham, Berkham, Berckheimer, Berkheim, Berkheimer, Berkhamer, Berkehamer, Burkhamer, Burkheim, Burckheim, Burcheim, Burcham, Burkham, Burckham, Berckhane, Burckhane, Berkhane and many more.

Early Notables of the Burcham family (pre 1700)

Notables with the surname Burcham during this period were Carl Christian Berckheim (d.1849), who became a Minister of State for Baden as well as Lord Chamberlain to the court of the Archduke of Baden...
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United States Burcham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burcham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Burcham, who landed in New England in 1644 [1]

New Zealand Burcham 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:

Burcham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Nelson Burcham, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Burcham, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • James Nelson Burcham, aged 33, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • William Burcham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Burcham (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Jack Burcham (b. 1931), American mid-west civil engineer
  • Milo Garrett Burcham (1903-1944), American aviator
  • Ronald Burcham, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1988; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 28th District, 1998 [2]
  • Michael L. Burcham, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Wadena, Minnesota, 2012 [2]
  • John B. Burcham Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1972 [2]
  • George A. Burcham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [2]
  • Elbert Burcham, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1964 [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Jimmie C. Burcham, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [3]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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