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The history of the Burchill family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Berkshire from a place of that name.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Burchill include Burchall, Burchell, Burchill, Burchhell, Burtchell, Burtchill, Burtchaell and many more.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burchill research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1737, 1715 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Burchill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burchill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Burchill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Burchill or a variant listed above:

Burchill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Burchill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Charles Burchill settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868 with his brother John

Burchill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Burchill, aged 24, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • William Burchill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849

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  • Thomas Francis Burchill (1882-1955), American Democrat 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
  • Belle M. Burchill, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Fort Worth, Texas, 1881-85, 1889-94
  • Thomas F. Burchill (1882-1955), American politician
  • 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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  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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 Burchill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burchill 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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