The name Burstall is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Suffolk
, where the family could be found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Burstall family
The surname Burstall was first found in Suffolk
at Burstall, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Burgestala CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "site of a fort or stronghold," from the Old English word "burh-stall." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Burstall family
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Burstall Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Burstall were recorded, including Burstall, Burstal, Burstalle, Birstall, Birkestalle, Berstall, Byrstall, Burstow, Burstoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Burstall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burstall family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Burstall family emigrate to North America:
Burstall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Timothy Burstall, who settled in Nebraska in 1885
Burstall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- N. Burstall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) COMPETITOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Competitor.gif
Contemporary Notables of the name Burstall (post 1700)
- Sir Henry Edward Burstall KCB, KCMG (1870-1945), Canadian general, eponym of Burstall, Saskatchewan
- Aubrey Frederic Burstall, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
- Tim Burstall (1927-2004), Australian film director, writer and producer
- Roderick Burstall, co-founder of the "Edinburgh Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science"