The history of the name Burfitt begins with the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a person who was in the habit of going without shoes. Friars, pilgrims, and people doing penance often went shoeless. The Barford(e) variation was likely derived from one of the many places in England
so named in Hampshire
Early Origins of the Burfitt family
The surname Burfitt was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain. Some of the first records of the name appears in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 and they include: Norman Barfot in Lincolnshire; Robert Barefot in Oxfordshire; and Alan Barefot in Cambridgeshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Henry de Bereford was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1204 and in Yorkshire
, William de Bereford was listed there in 1325 and later John Berford was listed there in 1419. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Doora Barefield, or Doora and Kilraghtis, is a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe, in County Clare, Ireland.
Early History of the Burfitt family
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Burfitt Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Burfitt family name include Barefoot, Barfoot, Barfitt, Barfit, Barford, Barefield, Barefred, Barefoote and many more.
Early Notables of the Burfitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burfitt family to Ireland
Some of the Burfitt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burfitt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Burfitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Samuel Burfitt, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Burfitt (post 1700)
- Brooke Burfitt (b. 1988), English actress and radio presenter, daughter of Louise Burfitt-Dons
- Louise Burfitt -Dons FRSA (b. 1953), née Byres, a British writer and social commentator, humanitarian and political activist