Show ContentsBurchill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Burchill reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Burchill 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 Burchill family

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

Early History of the Burchill family

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

Burchill Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Burchill family name include Burchall, Burchell, Burchill, Burchhell, Burtchell, Burtchill, Burtchaell and many more.

Early Notables of the Burchill family

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. Thomas, Exeter, by his first wife Mary, only daughter of Bishop Gulston...
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Ireland Migration of the Burchill family to Ireland

Some of the Burchill 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 Burchill migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Burchill family to immigrate North America:

Burchill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Burchill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 3
  • Charles Burchill, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868 with his brother John

Canada Burchill migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burchill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Burchill who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing 13th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but he died on board 4

Australia Burchill migration to Australia +

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

Burchill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Burchill, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 14 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 5
  • William Burchill, aged 24, a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" 6
  • William Burchill, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 6
  • Mr. John Burchill, (Birchill), (b. 1828), aged 23, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 29th July 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 7

Contemporary Notables of the name Burchill (post 1700) +

  • Thomas F. Burchill (1882-1955), American politician
  • Thomas Francis Burchill (1882-1955), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 3rd District, 1920-24; Member of New York State Senate 13th District, 1925-38 8
  • Belle M. Burchill, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Fort Worth, Texas, 1881-85, 1889-94 8
  • Paul Burchill (b. 1979), English professional wrestler
  • Charles "Charlie" Burchill (b. 1959), Scottish musician and composer, member of the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, who are perhaps best known for their 1985 hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
  • Mark James Burchill (b. 1980), Scottish international footballer
  • Julie Burchill (b. 1959), British journalist

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  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. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 67)
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  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from
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