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The name Burris was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Burris family lived in Hampshire. The name was given to settlements located near a hill, and is from the Old English beorg, which means hill. It is from one of many English settlements so named that this family take their name.

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The surname Burris was first found in Hampshire where they were descended from Hubert de Burgh, who became Lord of the Manor of Tichfield in that county.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Burrough, Burgh, Borrows, Burrowes, Burroughs, Burrows, Burroughes and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burris research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1600, 1646, 1630, 1677, 1634, 1663, 1691, 1764, 1713, 1650, 1692, 1641, 1650, 1641, 1642, 1620, 1685, 1673, 1660, 1709, 1703, 1709 and are included under the topic Early Burris History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 281 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burris Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Burris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Burris or a variant listed above:

Burris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George W Burris, aged 51, who arrived in America from Liverpool, in 1898

Burris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frederick Meredith Burris, aged 23, who arrived in America from Bristol, in 1904
  • Lizzie S. Burris, aged 17, who arrived in America from Bristol, England, in 1910
  • Florence P. Burris, aged 40, who arrived in America from Bristol, England, in 1910
  • Emily Burris, aged 22, who arrived in America from Rochdale, England, in 1912
  • Allen Burris, aged 35, who arrived in America in 1914


Burris Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Geo. P. Burris, aged 21, who arrived in Canada, in 1908
  • George Parker Burris, aged 24, who arrived at Musquosobait, Nova Scotia, in 1911

Burris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Burris, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

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  • Alva Burton Burris (1874-1938), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Robert H. Burris (1914-2010), American professor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Arthur C. "Art" Burris (1924-1993), American basketball player
  • Samuel Burris (1808-1869), African-American member of the Underground Railroad
  • Patrick Mitsugi Burris (b. 1950), retired competitive judoka from the United States
  • Kurt Burris (1932-1999), American gridiron football center
  • John Leonard Burris (b. 1945), American civil rights attorney
  • Jeffrey Lamar Burris (b. 1972), former professional American Football cornerback
  • Paul "Buddy" Burris (1923-2007), American football player
  • Henry Burris Jr. (b. 1975), professional Canadian and former American football player

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  • Burris Ancestors by Arthur Price Burris.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animo et fide
Motto Translation: By courage and faith.

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The Burris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burris 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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