Burling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Burling family. Burling is a local name. Burling is a name for someone who lived in the city of Berlin, the capital of Germany. The city took its name from a Wendish word which means river rake, or a scaffold of beams built over a river to prevent logs from jamming; the river in question was the Spree. The German name is also found in the Hamburg area, where it may be derived from the village of the same name. Berlin is also an Ashkenazic Jewish local name, derived from the same origins as the German form of the local name. The Burling family emerged as an influential family and they became noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early Origins of the Burling family

The surname Burling was first found in Nuremburg, where the name Berlin was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Burling family

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Burling Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Burling include Berlin, Berliner, Berling, Berlen, Burlin, Burling, Barlin, Barling and many more.

Early Notables of the Burling family (pre 1700)

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Burling Ranking

In the United States, the name Burling is the 14,969th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Burling migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Burlings to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Burling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Burling (c. 1613-1677) who landed in America c. 1680
Burling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Burling, aged 46, who landed in New York in 1760 [2]
Burling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Burling, who arrived in New York in 1822 [2]
  • Agnes Burling, who arrived in America in 1836 [2]
  • I Burling, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]
  • William Burling who arrived in San Francisco in 1872
  • William Burling, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872 [2]

Canada Burling migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burling Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Burling, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Burling migration to Australia +

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

Burling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joshua Burling, (b. 1810), aged 23English labourer who was convicted in Essex, England for life for arson, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 14th October 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he did in 1873 [3]
  • George Burling, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [4]

New Zealand Burling 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:

Burling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Burling, who landed in Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Burling, aged 31, a gardener, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Burling, aged 32, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Caroline Burling, aged 14, a sempstress, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Hanry Burling, aged 10, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Burling (post 1700) +

  • Robbins Burling (1926-2021), American Anthropologist, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania (1959-1963)
  • Peter Burling (b. 1945), American politician, Member of the New Hampshire Senate (2004-2008)
  • George G. Taylor Burling (1849-1928), American banker and politician from New York
  • George Childs Burling (1834-1885), United States Union Army officer during the American Civil War
  • Edward Burnham Burling (1870-1966), American lawyer, co-founder of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C
  • Edward J. Burling (1819-1892), American architect who designed buildings in Chicago in the 1840s through the 1890s
  • Robert Charles "Bobby" Burling (b. 1984), American soccer player for the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer
  • Daniel J. "Dan" Burling (b. 1947), American Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Minority Conference, New York
  • Carroll Burling (b. 1934), American retired farmer and politician, Nebraska state Senator (2001-2009)
  • Peter Burling MNZM (b. 1991), New Zealand eight-time gold medalist sailor, World and Olympic champion

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml

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