Burrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burrell family

The surname Burrell was first found in North Yorkshire at Burrill, a small village in the Hambleton district that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Borel. [1] It literally meant "hill with a fort," from the Old English words "burh" + "hyll." [2]

"This name is early found upon the Border, particularly in the East Marches. Henry Burel witnessed charter of the church of Pencathlan to the Abbey of Kelso c. 1180. William Bwrel attested a document concerning the land of Cnoc in Renfrew, 1234. William Burel witnessed gift of land in Ayton to William Scot of Coldingham, c. 1250. [3]

Early rolls revealed the name as both a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Johanna, relicta Burel, Oxfordshire; Burellus de Rathesnese, Norfolk; and Emma Burel, Norfolk. Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Burell; and Johannes Borell as both holding lands there at that time. [4]

"Burrell has long been a Lincolnshire name. In Cromwell's time, Sir John Burrell of Dunsby and Redman Burrell, Esq., of Fulbeck, compounded their estates for £687 and £770 respectively (O.). The name is also now found in Norfolk. Burrell was the name of a noted family of Kent and Sussex during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, and one of the Burrells of Beckenham, Kent, was High Sheriff of Kent in 1722; Northumberland is stated to have been the home of the family in the reign of Edward I. " [5]

Farther south in Cornwall, "Burell [in the parish of Saltash] has been the seat of a family of this name for many generations. This residence can be traced back prior to the reign of Edward II. at which period one of them married the co-heiress of Woodland. The present possessor is Arthur Burell, Esq. but he is not known to have descended from the ancient family, who formerly had their seat here." [6]

Early History of the Burrell family

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Burrell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Burrell, Burrel, Birrell, Burrill, Burril, Birril, Berrill and many more.

Early Notables of the Burrell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Abraham Burrell (1589-1657), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Huntingdon (1645-1653), supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War. Robert Birrel ( fl. 1567-1605), was a Scottish diarist and Burgess of Edinburgh. "There is not much minuteness in the record of events till about 1567, when Birrel probably began to keep a note of them. There is no evidence in the 'Diary' regarding the political or religious views of the writer...
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Ireland Migration of the Burrell family to Ireland

Some of the Burrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Burrell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Burrell who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Burrell, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • William Burrell, who settled in Virginia in 1644
  • Robert Burrell, who settled in Virginia in 1663 with his wife and three children

Canada Burrell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burrell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Burrell, aged 34, a tinsmith, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Henry Burrell, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Burrell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Burrell, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • William Burrell, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Hugh William Burrell, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [9]
  • Joseph Henry Burrell, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Macedon" [10]
  • Joseph Burrell, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Burrell 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:

Burrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Burrell, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 [11]
  • Mr. Charles Burrell, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [11]
  • Mr. Burrell, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 23rd March 1848 [11]
  • Mr. Edward Burrell, (b. 1827), aged 29, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hercus" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th January 1856 [11]
  • Mr. George Burrell, (b. 1831), aged 25, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hercus" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th January 1856 [11]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Burrell (post 1700) +

  • Percy Jewett Burrell (1877-1964), American author and director of historical and civic dramas
  • Ty Burrell (b. 1967), American film and television actor
  • Davis Burrell (b. 1940), American jazz instrumentalist, most notably on the piano
  • Kenny Burrell (b. 1931), American jazz guitarist
  • Orlando Burrell (1826-1921), American soldier and politician, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War, U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Garland Ellis Burrell Jr. (b. 1947), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California, 1992- [12]
  • Ezra A. Burrell, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 1907-09; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1916 [12]
  • Dorothy Burrell, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012 [12]
  • David H. Burrell, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1896 [12]
  • David Burrell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1928 [12]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • Leslie Burrell (d. 1942), British Ordinary Seaman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Eric Burrell, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [14]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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