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

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Burdick family, who lived in Leicestershire. This surname, however, is a reference to the family's former district of residence, "Bordet," Normandy, where they held a family seat as Lords of Cuilly. One of the earliest record of the name was of William Burdett, who held lands in Potton, Bedfordshire in 1214. Nicolas Burdett held by service of half a knight's fee in 1284.


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 Burdett, Bordet, Bourdet, Burdet, Burdit, Burditt and others.

First found in Leicestershire where the family can be traced to "Hugo de Burdet, who came into England with WIlliam I, and was lord of the manor of Loseby in 1066." [1] Arrow in Warwickshire was for a long time the family seat of the Burdetts but was passed to the the Conways in the reign of Henry VI which resulted in many lawsuits which remained unsettled until the end of the reign of Henry VIII.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burdick research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1602, 1671, 1636, 1640, 1716, 1640, 1716, 1679, 1704, 1642, 1719, 1675, 1747, 1967, 1671, 1630, 1658, 1701, 1668, 1727, 1704 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Burdick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 243 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burdick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Burdick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 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 Burdick or a variant listed above:

Burdick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Burdick, who landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1651

Burdick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Burdick U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783


  • Theodore Weld Burdick (1836-1898), American politician, one-term Republican U.S. Representative
  • Lloyd Sumner "Shorty" Burdick (1909-1945), American NFL football tackle who played from 1931 to 1933
  • Jocelyn Birch Burdick (b. 1922), American politician, United States Senator from North Dakota in 1992
  • Burrows Burdick (1823-1899), American physician and politician, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from Rock County
  • Usher Lloyd Burdick (1879-1960), American politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives from North Dakota (1949-1959), father of Quentin N. Burdick
  • Quentin Northrup Burdick (1908-1992), American politician, United States Senator from North Dakota (1960-1992)
  • Jefferson R. Burdick (1900-1963), American trading and baseball card collector and cataloguer
  • Francis Marion Burdick (1845-1920), American legal scholar, the first Theodore Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
  • Eugene L. Burdick (1918-1965), American political scientist, novelist, and non-fiction writer, co-author of The Ugly American (1958), Fail-Safe (1962), and author of The 480 (1965)
  • Lieutenant Howard Burdick, American World War I flying ace credited with eight confirmed aerial victories



  • Routes to Roots: The Burdick Family Chronology: Over a Thousand Years by Frank P. Mueller.

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

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