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Where did the English Burlingame family come from? What is the English Burlingame family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burlingame family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burlingame family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Burlingame comes from the family having resided in Norfolk, where they took their name from the village of Burlingham. The place name Burlingham is a constructed of two elements, Burling and -ame. The first element, Burling, is believed to be derived from a diminutive form of an Old English given name, probably from Burgheard or Baerla, while the second element, -ame, is derived from ham, from the Old Norse hami, meaning homestead. The full name means "Burling's homestead".


Burlingame has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Burlingham, Byrlingham, Burlingame, Burlinghame, Burlyngham and many more.

First found in Norfolk, at Lingwood and Burlingham, a civil parish, comprising the large village of Lingwood and the smaller villages of Burlingham Green, North Burlingham and South Burlingham.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burlingame research. Another 390 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Burlingame History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Burlingame Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Burlingames to arrive on North American shores:

Burlingame Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Burlingame, who landed in Connecticut in 1654

Burlingame Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E. L. Burlingame, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • C. H. Burlingame, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1895

Burlingame Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Minnie Adeline Burlingame, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Lillian Burlingame, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Alice A. Burlingame, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Edward Burlingame, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Edward L. Burlingame, aged 63, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911


  • Jeff Burlingame (b. 1971), American author and editor
  • Deborah "Debra" Burlingame (b. 1950), sister of Charles Burlingame and World Trade Center Memorial Foundation board member
  • Frank Burlingame, American professional baseball umpire in the 1878 season
  • Charles Frank "Chic" Burlingame III (1949-2001), American pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 before it was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon on 9/11
  • Anson Burlingame (1820-1870), American lawyer, legislator, and diplomat, eponym of the US- China treaty and towns in California and Kansas


  • The Ancestry of Clara Elizabeth Robbins (1864-1948) Together with a Register of the Descendants of Samuel Prince Robbins (1773-1823) and His Wife Martha Burlingame (1792-1872) by John Marshall Raymond.
  • Palmer-Burlingham (also the Burlingame Family) Genealogy by Dale Cosnett Kellogg.

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  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Burlingame Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burlingame Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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