name. The name was originally given to 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 Burson is derived from the Old French word
which has both of these meanings.
from the Middle Ages.
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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Burson has appeared include Burser, Bursar, Bourcer, Bursor, Borser, Berser and others.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Burson arrived in North America very early:
Burson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ana Burson, who arrived in Virginia in 1669
- Edward Burson, who settled in Virginia sometime between 1673 and 1674
Burson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Burson, who settled in Illinois in 1888
- C. Burson, aged 24, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1892
- Arthur Burson, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1895
- Barney Burson, who settled in Scott Co. IA in 1896
Burson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Margaret Burson, aged 24, who landed in America from Cardiff, in 1906
- Phyllis Burson, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Cardiff, in 1906
- George Henry Burson, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
- Charles Fred Burson, aged 14, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
- Marian Eliza Burson, aged 46, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1910
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Burson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- George Burson, who settled in Ontario in 1867
Burson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Charlotte G. Burson, aged 23, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1910