Show ContentsBurgin 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 Burgin family, who lived in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century. Originally from France, the name denoted a native of Burgundy as in 'de Burgoyne'. [1] [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Burgin family

The surname Burgin was first found in the Pipe Rolls of 1160 which includes an entry for Robert Burguignon (no county provided.) Later in London, we found John le Burguinun in the Pipe Rolls of 1173 and on the Isle of Man, the Pipe Rolls there listed John le Burguinn in 1214. John Burgoynoun was recorded at Trentham, Staffordshire in 1330. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: John de Burgoyne, Somerset; Almaric Burgoyne, Bedfordshire; and John Burgoyn, Gloucestershire. [5] Richard Burgoyne, was Rector of Newton, Norfolk (no date given). [6]

Farther to the north in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included an entry for Elizabet de Burgon. [5]

"William Burgoyn was chamberlain of the city of Exeter in 1496, and William Burgoyn was sheriff of that city in 1537. In the 16th and 17th centuries a gentle family of Burgoin resided at Bideford; and in the reign of George I., Thomas Burgoyne was a Bideford gentleman. In fact, as far back as the time of Henry VIII., Jeofferie Burgin was a Bideford townsman. During the 16th and 17th centuries a gentle family of Burgoin flourished in the hamlet of Zeal near South Tawton. Robert Burgoine, Esq., was a Tiverton churchwarden in 1654. In the 13th century this name, in the forms of Burgoyn and Burgoyne, occasionally preceded by "De," occurred in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, and Somerset. The Burgoyns in the east of England were at that distant period important families, and it is stated by most of the Devonshire antiquarians and historians that the Devonshire stock hailed originally from Bedfordshire. If this is true, the migration must have occurred at a very early date, since not only, as I have observed above, were high official positions in the city of Exeter held by the Burgoyns in the reigns of Henry VII. and Henry VIII., a circumstance itself not indicative of recent immigration, but as far back as the reign of Edward I. the name was represented in the west of England in the counties of Somerset and Gloucester." [7]

Early History of the Burgin family

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Burgin 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 Burgon, Burgoin, Burgunie, Burgoyne, Burgoyn, Burgoigne, Burgane, Burgin and many more.

Early Notables of the Burgin family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Burgane, a prominent landholder in Scotland in the 16th century; and Sir John Burgoyne (c.1592-1657) 1st Baronet, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Warwickshire (1645-1648), supported the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War.John Burgoyne (1722-1792), the English dramatist and general, was the only son of, Captain John Burgoyne, a man of fashion, who died in the rules of the king's bench, and grandson of Sir John Burgoyne, bart., of Sutton Park, Bedfordshire. He was educated at Westminster School, where he made friends with Lord Strange, eldest son of the Earl...
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Burgin Ranking

In the United States, the name Burgin is the 6,558th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [8]


United States Burgin 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 Burgin or a variant listed above:

Burgin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Phil Burgin, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [9]
Burgin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Burgin, who arrived in Carolina in 1738
  • Barbara Rudi Burgin, who settled in Carolina in 1738
  • Hans Burgin, who landed in America in 1738 [9]
  • Hans Rudi Burgin, who arrived in America in 1738 [9]
  • Heini Burgin, who landed in America in 1738 [9]
Burgin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich Burgin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [9]
  • Henry Burgin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [9]
  • Patrick Burgin, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [9]
  • Carl Burgin, who landed in New York, NY in 1867 [9]
  • Andreas Burgin, who arrived in Ohio in 1871 [9]

Australia Burgin migration to Australia +

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

Burgin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Burgin, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Burgin (post 1700) +

  • William Olin Burgin (1877-1946), American politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina
  • Richard Burgin, American fiction writer, editor, composer, critic, and academic
  • Romus Valton Burgin (b. 1922), former U.S. Marine and American author
  • Major-General Henry Tocitus Burgin (1882-1958), American Commanding General Hawaiian Coastal Artillery Command (1945-1946) [11]
  • Eric Burgin (b. 1924), English first-class cricketer
  • James Burgin (b. 1989), English footballer
  • Graham Burgin, former Australian rules football player
  • Annie Mona Burgin MBE (1903-1985), New Zealand teacher and active in the Girl Guiding movement


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  6. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  7. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  8. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  9. 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)
  10. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  11. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Henry Burgin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Burgin/Henry_Tocitus/USA.html


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