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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Burr come from its first bearer, who was a determined person. The surname Burr is derived from the Old English word burre, which first appeared c. 1330 and has taken the spellings of bur and burr in modern English. Shakespeare used the word to describe a person who "clings like a burr" and is "difficult to shake off," but this sense of the word is probably much older.

Burr Early Origins



The surname Burr was first found in Lincolnshire but we must look to West Bergholt in Essex for the earliest recording of the name. "A chantry was founded here in 1331, by J. De Bures, for a priest to officiate at the altar of the Virgin Mary." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Further north in Scotland, the name is also an ancient one. "Burr is an old name in the district of Tarves, Aberdeenshire, and is still pretty general there. Andrew de Burr of Mundole and Culbyn had a remission in 1337, and Andrea Burr was clerk of liberation in 1342. Walter Bur or Burre had a charter of an annual rent in the lands of Tyrie and Sefield in the constabulary of Kinghorne from David II. Robert Bure was procurator in Glasgow in 1433, and in 1440-1442 a Robert Burr or Bur is mentioned as vicar of Peebles." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Burr Spelling Variations


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Burr Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Burr has been spelled many different ways, including Burr, Bur, Burre and others.

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Burr Early History


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Burr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burr research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1340, 1397 and 1343 are included under the topic Early Burr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Burr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Burr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Burrs to arrive in North America:

Burr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jehu Burr settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 with his wife and son
  • Edward Burr who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jeremy Burr settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Mathew, Robert, and Edward Burr, brothers, settled in Virginia in 1635

Burr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles William Burr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Ann Burr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Frances Burr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Thomas Burr a surveyor, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
  • Frances Ann Burr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Burr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Amos Burr landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • William Burr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Henry Burr arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames City" in 1860
  • Charles Burr, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Burr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Burr (post 1700)



  • Willie Olcott Burr (b. 1843), American Democrat politician, Newspaper publisher; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1912, 1916
  • William P. Burr, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 11th District, 1894; Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1920-26; Appointed 1920; Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court 1st Department, 1926
  • William O. Burr, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Fairfield, 1910
  • William H. Burr, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Jefferson County, 1933
  • William H. Burr, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Attorney General, 1917, 1920
  • William H. Burr, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Westport; Elected 1910
  • W. Winthrop Burr, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Patras, 1929; Paris, 1932
  • Samuel H. Burr, American politician, Mayor of Mountain Brook, Alabama, 1960
  • Roger A. Burr (b. 1882), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Peking, 1917-18
  • Richard M. Burr (b. 1955), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2008
  • ... (Another 61 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Burr Historic Events


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Burr Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Ewart Burr (d. 1912), aged 29, English Saloon Steward from Woolston, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Burr


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Suggested Readings for the name Burr



  • A General History of the Burr Family in America: with Genealogical Records from 1570 to 1878 by Charles Burr Todd.

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Burr Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Burr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burr 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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