Show ContentsBurman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Burman surname is derived from the Old English word "buhrmann," which denoted an inhabitant of a fortified town.

Early Origins of the Burman family

The surname Burman was 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.

Early History of the Burman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burman research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1615, 1601, 1602, 1600, 1784, 1674, 1688 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Burman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burman Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Burman family (pre 1700)

Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burman Ranking

In the United States, the name Burman is the 11,585th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Burman migration to the United States +

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
  • John Burman, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [2]
Burman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eleanor Burman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1728 [2]
  • Johannes Burman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767 [2]
  • Mary Burman, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Rachel Burman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Rachel Burman and Mary Burman both of whom also arrived in Philadelphia in 1773
Burman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Burman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

New Zealand Burman 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:

Burman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth H. Burman, (b. 1864), aged Infant, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Burman, (b. 1832), aged 32, British tailoress travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Burman (post 1700) +

  • Robert R. "Bob" Burman (1884-1916), American racecar driver at the inaugural 1911 Indianapolis 500, winner of the Prest-O-Lite Trophy Race in 1909
  • Ben Lucien Burman (1896-1984), American author and journalist
  • Barney Burman, American Academy Award wining makeup artist, best known for his work on the film Star Trek
  • Barry Burman (1943-2001), English figurative artist
  • William Francis Burman (1897-1974), English WWI soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Edward Burman (b. 1947), English author
  • Rahul Dev Burman (1939-1994), Indian film score composer
  • Karl Burman (1882-1965), Estonian architect and painter
  • Erica Burman (b. 1960), British critical development psychologist
  • Carina Burman (b. 1960), Swedish novelist and literature scholar
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Timothy Guy Burman (1964-1988), English Banker from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [4]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook