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The name Burrage is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old English name Burgric, which means powerful fortress.

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The surname Burrage was first found in Suffolk. Burridge is a small village in the south of Hampshire, but one must remember that this local was formerly known as Caiger's Green.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Burrage has undergone many spelling variations, including Burridge, Burrich, Burrage, Burrige and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burrage research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Burrage History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Burrage were among those contributors:

Burrage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Amy Burrage, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Henry Burrage, aged 39, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1897

Burrage Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alice H. Burrage, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Albert C. Burrage, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Albert C. Burrage, aged 43, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Marguerite K. Burrage, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Elsie Burrage, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908


Burrage Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Burrage settled in Cape Ray, Newfoundland in 1835

Burrage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Burrage arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Jane Burrage arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Frederick Burrage, English convict from Lewes, Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia

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  • Steve Burrage (b. 1952), American politician, State Auditor from Oklahoma
  • Sean Burrage (b. 1968), American politician, State Senator from Oklahoma
  • Ronnie Burrage (b. 1959), American jazz drummer
  • Billy Michael Burrage (b. 1950), former chief judge, U.S. District Courts for Eastern, Northern, and Western Oklahoma
  • Thomas Burrage, American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives from New Bedford; Elected 1832
  • John Burrage, American politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives from New Bedford; Elected 1833
  • Billy Michael Burrage (b. 1950), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, 1994-2001; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 1994-2001; Resigned 2001; U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1994-2001
  • Mr. Alfred Burrage, aged 20, English Plate Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Nathan Burrage (b. 1971), Australian writer
  • Luke Burrage (b. 1980), British entertainer and author

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  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Burrage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burrage 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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