Burl is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a cup-bearer. In the Middle Ages mead and wines flavored with sugar, spices, fruit and herbs were served at banquets, usually in silver goblets. The surname Burl probably comes from the Old English byrele
which means "a cup bearer or butler," and the original holder of this name would have been employed in this capacity in a noble household. Surnames that end with "s" could indicate certain patronymic
origin as well; the name could mean "the son of the cup-bearer".
Early Origins of the Burl family
The surname Burl was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Burl family
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Burl 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 Burl has appeared include Burlz, Burls, Byrle, Burlas, Burlace, Burlase, Burles and many more.
Early Notables of the Burl family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burl family to the New World and Oceana
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 Burl arrived in North America very early:
Burl Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Burl, who settled in Maryland in 1677
- Thomas Burl, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Burl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Burl, who settled in America in 1702
Burl Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Herman Rudolf Burl, who settled in Iowa in 1915