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The Burman surname is derived from the Old English word "buhrmann," which denoted an inhabitant of a fortified town.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Burman include Burkman, Burman, Burmann, Buhrman, Buryman and others.
First found in Southern England, where an Edricus Buriman was on record in Hampshire in 1148. Other early records include Alexander Beriman, in Berkshire in 1176; and William Burman, on record in Gloucester in 1221 in the Assize rolls. A Burman family has long been established in neighboring Warwickshire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burman research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1600, 1601, 1602, 1615, 1688, 1750, and 1784 are included under the topic Early Burman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Burman or a variant listed above:
Burman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Burman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Burman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Burman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burman 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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