Burward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Burward family

The surname Burward was first found in Berwickshire where they were a family of great antiquity deriving their surname from Berwick or Barwick, which, when arriving south in England in the early 15th century became Burwood, Berwood, Burward, Burwald.

There is also a Burwood in Shropshire which dates back centuries. Burwardsley is found in Cheshire and dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Burwardeslei. Literally this place name means "woodland clearing of the fort-keeper, or of a man called Buregweard." [1]

Early History of the Burward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burward research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1333, 1200, 1603 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Burward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Burward Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Burwood, Barwood, Burward, Burwald, Burwarde, Barwick, Berward, Berwood, Birwood, Burrwood, Berwoughdon, Berwaughdon and many more.

Early Notables of the Burward family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Burward migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Burward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Wilhelm Burward, (b. 1859), aged 25, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Aorangi" arriving in Invercargill, New Zealand on 11th May 1884 [2]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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