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Burchfield Early Origins



The surname Burchfield was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Burghfield, held by Henry de Ferrers, man at arms, Master of the Horse to the Duke of Normandy, from Ralph de Mortimer, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Burchfield Spelling Variations


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Burchfield Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Burghfield, Burchfield, Birchfield, Berchfield, Berghfield, Birkfield, Burkfield, Bergfield and many more.

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Burchfield Early History


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Burchfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burchfield research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burchfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Burchfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Burchfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burchfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Cranfield Burchfield, who settled in Nebraska in 1872
  • John A. Burchfield, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Burchfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Burchfield (post 1700)



  • Theodore Burchfield (b. 1842), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1881-84; Mayor of Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1890-93
  • Stanley H. Burchfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Humboldt County, 1950
  • Robert R. Burchfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004, 2008 (alternate)
  • Albert P. Burchfield, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904
  • Lori Burchfield (b. 1976), American production assistant, known for her work on Never Back Down (2008), Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
  • Stephanie Burchfield, American actress, known for Gator (1976), White Lightning (1973) and Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway
  • Lonnie Burchfield, American actor, known for The Lesser Evil (1998), The Patriot (2000) and Shallow Hal (2001)
  • Peter Burchfield, American business executive and National Hockey League co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1971
  • Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967), American watercolor painter, eponym of the Charles Burchfield Center at Buffalo State College sand the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center in West Seneca, New York
  • Sam Burchfield (b. 1952), American professional baseball player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Burchfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burchfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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