Burkill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Burkill family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Burkill comes from when the family lived in one of two towns called Birchill in the countys of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Early Origins of the Burkill family

The surname Burkill was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Burkill family

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Burkill 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 Burkill has appeared include Birchall, Birchill, Birchalls, Birchills and many more.

Early Notables of the Burkill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Burkill family

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 Burkill arrived in North America very early: Henry Birchall who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824; Thomas Walmsley Birchall arrived in Philadelphia in 1835; Elias Birchall in 1845; William Birchall in 1852.

Contemporary Notables of the name Burkill (post 1700) +

  • Isaac Henry Burkill (1870-1965), English botanist from Leeds, Yorkshire, who worked in India and in the Straits Settlements (now Singapore)
  • John Charles Burkill FRS (1900-1993), English mathematician from Holt, Norfolk, Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge (1968–1973), awarded the the Adams Prize in 1948, Fellow of the Royal Society in 1953
  • Albert Robson Burkill, British diplomat from Louth, Lincolnshire, Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Council in from 1897 to 1898

The Burkill Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quaerere verum
Motto Translation: To seek the truth.

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