Show ContentsBurdick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. Another source notes: "Hugh and Robert Burdet occur in Domesday, the family hail from some spot in Normandy, and 'came in with the Conqueror.' " [1]

Later, William Burdett, held lands in Potton, Bedfordshire in 1214 and Nicolas Burdett held by service of half a knight's fee in 1284.

Early Origins of the Burdick family

The surname Burdick was 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." [2]

Arrow in Warwickshire was for a long time the family seat of the Burdetts but was passed to 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.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: William Burdet, Leicestershire; and Stephen Burdet, Lincolnshire while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Nicholaus Burdet, franktllyn; and Gilbertus Burdet, faber. [1]

Early History of the Burdick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burdick research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1536, 1788, 1804, 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Burdick Spelling Variations

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 many more.

Early Notables of the Burdick family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Burdett (c. 1602-1671), English settler to America in 1636, the second colonial governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire; Sir Francis Burdett, 2nd Baronet, from the Warwickshire branch of the family; his son Sir Robert Burdett, 3rd Baronet DL (1640-1716), a Tory politician; and Sir Robert Burdett, 3rd Baronet (1640-1716) from Warwickshire and Debyshire who...
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Burdick Ranking

In the United States, the name Burdick is the 2,307th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Burdick family to Ireland

Some of the Burdick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Burdick migration to the United States +

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 [4]

Canada Burdick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burdick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Burdick U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Burdick (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Burdick +

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

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook