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Early Origins of the Buright family

The surname Buright 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 Buright family

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Buright 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 Buright family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Buright family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Borrett of Fressingfield, Suffolk, age 16, who came to America in 1836; James Burrett, who came to Quebec in 1884; R. G. Burrett, recorded on a ship list, arriving in San Francisco in 1852.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) on Facebook