Burrett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burrett family

The surname Burrett was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of East and West Bower held Michael Bures of the castle of Bures near Bayeux in Normandy who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Burrett family

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Burrett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bures, Burett, Burett, Buret, Burritt, Buritt, Borrett, Borret, Borrit, Boret and many more.

Early Notables of the Burrett family (pre 1700)

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United States Burrett migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R. G. Burrett, recorded on a ship list, arriving in San Francisco in 1852

Canada Burrett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Burrett, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871
  • James Burrett, who settled in Quebec in 1884

Australia Burrett migration to Australia +

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

Burrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Moses Burrett, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Joseph Burrett, aged 40, a smith, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • Christina Burrett, aged 18, a dressmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • Mary Burrett, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • Catherine Burrett, aged 14, a dressmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]

New Zealand Burrett 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:

Burrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William George Burrett, aged 24, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Elizabeth Burrett, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • William Henry Burrett, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml


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