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Where did the English Burden family come from? What is the English Burden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burden family history?

The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Burden name is derived from the Norman personal name Burdo, which is thought to be of Germanic origin.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Burdon, Burden, Bourden, Bourdon, Birden, Berden, Burdin, Burdin, Burdun, Burdon, Burdune, Burghdone, Burdoun and many more.

First found in Essex where they were granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings. Baron Burden appears in the Role of Battel Abbey and the Domesday Book as holding lands held by the Count of Mortain and leased to Richard de Surdeval.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burden research. Another 358 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1128, 1166, 1180, 1217, 1273, 1296, 1333, 1467, 1497, 1574, 1758, 1764, 1817, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Burden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Burden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Burden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Burden or a variant listed above:

Burden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edw Burden, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • Jon Burden, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • George Burden settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • George Burden, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Edward Burden who settled in Virginia in 1637

Burden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Burden, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Thomas Burden settled in Virginia in 1734
  • John Burden, who landed in America in 1740
  • Samuel Burden, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Burden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Burden, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Richd Burden, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • John and Richard Burden settled in New York State in 1803
  • Henry Burden, who landed in Albany, NY in 1819
  • Joseph W Burden, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842

Burden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Burden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Jos Burden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Thomas Burden U.E born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger on the Union Transport from New York

Burden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Burden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Edmund Burden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" in 1850
  • Charles Burden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" in 1850
  • Sarah Burden, aged 21, a nursemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"

Burden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Burden arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Enoch Burden arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870


  • Chris Burden (b. 1946), American artist, Professor at University of California, Los Angeles (1978-)
  • Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden (b. 1944), American director of the New York City Department of City Planning
  • Bob Burden (b. 1952), American comic book artist and writer
  • Gary Burden, American Grammy Award winning artist of album covers who has done designs for Neil Young, Mama Cass, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, The Eagles and more
  • Doug Burden (b. 1965), American gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist rower
  • Luther "Ticky" Burden (b. 1953), retired American NBA and ABA basketball player
  • Frederick Frank Arthur Burden (1905-1987), English Squadron Leader in the RAF, Member of Parliament (MP) for Gillingham from 1950 to 1983
  • Alfred "Alfie" Burden (b. 1976), English professional snooker player
  • Ian Charles Burden (b. 1957), English keyboard player with the English band, The Human League (1981 up to 1989)
  • Mr. Arthur Howell Burden (d. 1915), English Assistant Purser from Chiswick Lane, London, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered



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The Burden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burden 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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