Burgess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Burgess was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Burgess family lived in Sussex. The name is derived from the Middle English word burge(i)s, or the Old French word burgeis which both mean "inhabitant and freeman of a fortified town." [1]

This line are believed to be descended from the Barons Burghersh, which later became Burwash, a parish in that county. A line of the family also remained in Normandy, as Simon de Borgeis was noted there in 1195. [2] But originally the family was from Bourgeois in Picardy, France. This line of barons became extinct in 1369.

Early Origins of the Burgess family

The surname Burgess was first found in Sussex where one of the first records of the name was Ralph de Burgeis, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex in 1195. Philip Burgis was listed in Leicestershire in 1199 and Philip Burges, Burgeis was listed in Oxfordshire in 1220, 1234. The Subsidy Rolls of Sussex listed Walter le Borgeys in 1296. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Hawise Burgeys in Bedfordshire; Philip Burgeis on Oxfordshire; John le Burges in Southampton; and Thomas Burgeys in Norfolk. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 179 list: Adam Burgeys and Johannes Burges. [4]

Important Dates for the Burgess family

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Burgess Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Burgess, Burgeis, Burghersh, Burges, Burgesse, Burgar, Bergiss, Bergess, Bargess, Bargeis, Bergeus, Burgeus, Burgeuss and many more.

Early Notables of the Burgess family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Berth de Borways; Cornelius Burges or Burgess, D.D. (ca.1589-1665), an English minister, descended from the Burgesses of Batcombe, Somerset; and Anthony Burges or Burgess (died 1664), a Nonconformist English clergyman, a prolific preacher and writer. On the infamous side, Captain Samuel Burgess (c. 1650-1716) was a member of Captain William Kidd's crew in 1690...
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Migration of the Burgess family to Ireland

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

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Burgess or a variant listed above:

Burgess Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joane Burgess, who landed in Maryland in 1638 [5]
  • Alexander Burgess, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652 [5]
  • Joseph Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [5]
  • Robert Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [5]
Burgess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [5]
  • Tho Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • Eliz Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • Edward Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1712 [5]
  • Thomas Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]
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Burgess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Burgess, who arrived in America in 1805 [5]
  • Samuel Burgess, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
  • George Burgess, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [5]
  • Ann and George Burgess, who arrived in Boston in 1847
  • Alexander Burgess jumped ship, the "Royal George," and settled at Witless Bay in 1847
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Burgess Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • W Burgess, who landed in Arkansas in 1905 [5]

Burgess migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burgess Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Burgess U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was part of the Port Matoon Association [6]
  • Mr. John Burgess U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [6]
  • Patrick Burgess, who settled in St. Mary's, Newfoundland, in 1792 [7]
Burgess Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Burgess and his wife and their eight children, who settled in Prescott, Ontario in 1825
  • Daniel Burgess and his wife Avice settled in Prescott, Ontario, in 1825 with their seven children
  • Arthur Burgess, who immigrated to Quebec in 1850
  • Henry Burgess, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Burgess migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burgess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas S. Burgess, a joiner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Burgess, a baker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Henry Burgess, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [8]
  • William Burgess, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [9]
  • Elizabeth Burgess, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [9]
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Burgess migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Burgess Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Burgess, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isaac James Burgess, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • W B Burgess, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • W. B. Burgess, aged 30, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mr. W. B. Burgess, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Burgess (post 1700)

  • Albert Austin "Sonny" Burgess (1929-2017), American rockabilly guitarist and singer
  • Sharna Burgess, American actress, known for her wok on Dancing with the Stars
  • Lieutenant General Ronald L Burgess Jr. (b. 1952), American Army officer, Deputy Director of National Intelligence from 2005 to 2007
  • Michael C. Burgess (b. 1950), American physician and politician
  • Thornton Burgess (1874-1965), American conservationist and children's author
  • Neil Burgess (1846-1910), American vaudeville comedian
  • B. A. Burgess, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1916, 1924 [11]
  • Asa Burgess, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canterbury, 1820 [11]
  • Ann Timmons Burgess, American Republican politician, Candidate for University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1959 [11]
  • Albert C. Burgess, American Republican politician, Mayor of Belfast, Maine, 1887-88 [11]
  • ... (Another 103 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Burgess family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Rose Ellen Burgess (1921-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [12]
  • Mr. Lindsay Robert Burgess (1919-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [12]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Susan Burgess (1854-1914), née Robertson Canadian Second Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Theodore Harding  Burgess (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Master Frederick  Burgess (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
  • Mr. Adam  Burgess (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [14]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Henry Burgess (b. 1921), Scottish Warrant Ordnance Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Carlisle, Cumberland, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Geoffrey Haydn Burgess, English Marine from Ryecroft, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Henry George Burgess, English 1st Class Passenger from Bradford, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles Reginald Burgess, aged 18, English Extra Third Baker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 [19]

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  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  13. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  14. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  19. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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