Burse is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Burse family lived in Somerset
. The family name comes from a place in Normandy
in the arrondisement of Vire, Canton of Vassy, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Burse family
The surname Burse was first found in Somerset
where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Early History of the Burse family
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Burse Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Burse has been recorded under many different variations, including Bursey, Burcey, Bursie, Boursey, Borsey, Bourcey, Borsie and many more.
Early Notables of the Burse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burse family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Burses were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Richard Bursey, who settled in Maryland in 1742; and Catherine Bursy, who arrived in America in 1752.