Burritt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burritt family

The surname Burritt 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 Burritt family

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Burritt 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 Burritt family (pre 1700)

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Canada Burritt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burritt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Adoniram Burritt, "Burrett" U.E. (b. 1758) who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Col. Daniel Burritt Jr., U.E. (b. 1772) who settled in Burritts Rapids, Grenville County, Ontario c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Daniel Hamlet Burritt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Daniel Burritt Sr., U.E. (b. 1735) born in Newton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA from Arlington, Bennington County, Vermont, USA who settled in Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario c. 1783 he fought at Saratoga in 1777, married to Sarah Collins in 1756 they had 12 children died in 1827, Grenville County, Ontario [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Burritt (post 1700) +

  • Private William W. Burritt (1831-1901), American soldier who fought in the American Civil War, awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Vicksburg in Mississippi on 27 April 1863
  • Bailey Barton Burritt (1878-1954), American public health and social welfare advocate, known as "the father of the family health movement"
  • Elihu Burritt (1810-1879), American philanthropist and social activist
  • Blackleach Burritt (1744-1794), American patriot preacher during the American Revolutionary War
  • Leonard Burritt, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 3rd District, 1872-74; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884 [3]
  • John M. Burritt, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1937-38 [3]
  • Frederick L. Burritt, American politician, First Selectman of Weston, Connecticut, 1911 [3]
  • Fred W. Burritt (1875-1948), American Republican politician, Houghton County Clerk, 1929-38; Member of Michigan State Senate 32nd District, 1943-48 [3]
  • F. Harold Burritt, American politician, First Selectman of Weston, Connecticut, 1922 [3]
  • Eldon G. Burritt, American politician [3]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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