Burchfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burchfield family

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] 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.

Important Dates for the Burchfield family

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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.

Early Notables of the Burchfield family (pre 1700)

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Burchfield migration to the United States

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Burchfield (post 1700)

  • 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
  • Jimmy Burchfield Sr., American president of Classic Entertainment and Sports
  • Theodore Burchfield (b. 1842), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1881-84; Mayor of Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1890-93 [2]
  • Stanley H. Burchfield, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Humboldt County, 1950 [2]
  • Robert R. Burchfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004, 2008 (alternate) [2]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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