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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 called Burcy, in the arrondisement of Vire, Canton of Vassy, Normandy.

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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.

First found in Somerset where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burse research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1084, 1165, 1185, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Burse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Burse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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