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Early Origins of the Burett family

The surname Burett was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of East and West Bower held Michael Bures of the castle of Bures near Bayeux in Normandy who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Burett family

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Burett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bures, Burett, Burett, Buret, Burritt, Buritt, Borrett, Borret, Borrit, Boret and many more.

Early Notables of the Burett family (pre 1700)

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United States Burett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nikolaus Burett, who arrived in America in 1782 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Burett (post 1700) +

  • Robert Burett Oliver, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 26th District, 1883-86; Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Cape Girardeau County, 1903-04 [3]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook