The ancestors of the name Burfeart date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The surname is generally thought to have come from a place name, such as from Burford in Oxfordshire
, or Burford in Shropshire
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
These place names are derived from the Old English words "burh," meaning "stronghold," or a "fortified manor," and "ford," a location where a river can be crossed. Some variations of this surname, no doubt come from the Old French word "buffet," meaning "table" or "cupboard." CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early Origins of the Burfeart family
The surname Burfeart was first found in Shropshire
where two of the first listings of the family were listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273: Hugo de Bureford: and Roger de Bureford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
William le Burford and Walter le Boreforde were both listed in Kirby's Quest as holding lands in Somerset
, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
Early History of the Burfeart family
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Burfeart Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Burfeart has appeared include Burford, Bareford, Berford, Barford, Buford, Burfort and many more.
Early Notables of the Burfeart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burfeart family to Ireland
Some of the Burfeart family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Burfeart family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Burfeart arrived in North America very early: William Burford, who came to Virginia in 1637; William Buffett, who was on record in Virginia in 1657; George Burford settled in Virginia in 1643; George Burford, who came to Montserrat in 1663.