The name Bursar comes from one of the family having worked as a maker of purses or for a treasurer or bursar, who had the task of bearing the purse of an important official and taking care of his or her expenses. The surname Bursar is derived from the Old French word
which has both of these meanings.
from the Middle Ages.
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in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bursar have been found, including: Burser, Bursar, Bourcer, Bursor, Borser, Berser and others.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Bursar, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Geo. Purser, who came to Virginia in 1635; Geo Purser, who came to Virginia in 1637; Ana Burson, who arrived in Virginia in 1669; Edwd Burson, who settled in Virginia sometime between 1673 and 1674.