Burchell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Burchell family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 Burchell family

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

Important Dates for the Burchell family

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Burchell Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Burchall, Burchell, Burchill, Burchhell, Burtchell, Burtchill, Burtchaell and many more.

Early Notables of the Burchell 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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Migration of the Burchell family to Ireland

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

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Burchell or a variant listed above were:

Burchell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hen Burchell, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [3]
  • Ann Burchell who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • And Burchell, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [3]
  • Andrew Burchell, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [3]
Burchell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Burchell, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [3]
  • Joseph Burchell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [3]
  • Andrew Burchell, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
Burchell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Burchell, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Edward Burchell, who arrived in New York in 1845 [3]

Burchell migration to Australia

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

Burchell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Burchell, aged 26, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [4]
  • James Burchell, aged 39, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
  • James Burchell, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
  • Martha Burchell, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
  • Thomas Bryan Burchell (aged 22), a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Burchell (post 1700)

  • Frederick Duff Burchell (1879-1951), American starting pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Beau Burchell (b. 1978), American musician, record producer, and audio engineer
  • John E. Burchell, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Sydney, 1897; U.S. Vice Consul in Sydney, 1898-1907 [6]
  • David Burchell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 14th District, 1948 [6]
  • William John Burchell (1781-1863), English explorer, naturalist, traveler, artist and author; he collected thousands of plant specimens from his explorations of South America, his insect collection is in the Oxford University Museum [7]
  • Thomas Burchell (1875-1951), English cricketer, a wicket-keeper who played first-class cricket for Sussex
  • Francis Romulus Burchell (1874-1947), English gold medalist cricketer at the 1900 Men's Cricket match
  • Charles Jost Burchell (1876-1967), Canadian diplomat, Canada's first High Commissioner to Australia from 1939 to 1941 and Canada's first and last High Commissioner to the Dominion of Newfoundland (1941 to 1944) and (1948 to 1949)
  • Frederick Burchell (1931-1998), Canadian NHL professional ice hockey player who played from 1949 to 1966
  • Reginald John Burchell (1883-1955), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Fremantle (1913-1922)
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Historic Events for the Burchell family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Bertha A  Burchell (1881-1917), Canadian resident from Hammond Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
  • Mr. Arthur  Burchell (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Leonard Burchell, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]

Citations

  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. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1856.shtml
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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