Byrdet is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Byrdet family lived in Leicestershire
. This surname, however, is a reference to the family's former district of residence, "Bordet," Normandy
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of Cuilly. One of the earliest record of the name was of William Burdett, who held lands in Potton, Bedfordshire
in 1214. Nicolas Burdett held by service of half a knight's fee in 1284.
Early Origins of the Byrdet family
The surname Byrdet was first found in Leicestershire
where the family can be traced to "Hugo de Burdet, who came into England
with WIlliam I, and was lord of the manor of Loseby in 1066." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Arrow in Warwickshire
was for a long time the family seat
of the Burdetts but was passed to the the Conways in the reign of Henry VI which resulted in many lawsuits which remained unsettled until the end of the reign of Henry VIII.
Early History of the Byrdet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrdet research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1602, 1671, 1636, 1640, 1716, 1640, 1716, 1679, 1704, 1642, 1719, 1675, 1747, 1967, 1671, 1630, 1658, 1701, 1668, 1727, 1704 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Byrdet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Byrdet Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Burdett, Bordet, Bourdet, Burdet, Burdit, Burditt and others.
Early Notables of the Byrdet family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Burdett (c.
1602-1671), English settler to America in 1636, the second colonial governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire; Sir Francis Burdett, 2nd Baronet
, from the Warwickshire
branch of the family; his son Sir Robert Burdett, 3rd Baronet
DL (1640-1716), a... Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byrdet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byrdet family to Ireland
Some of the Byrdet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byrdet family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Byrdet or a variant listed above were: Christ Burdett who settled in Virginia in 1648; George Burdett settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620; William Burdette settled in Virginia in 1639; George Burdet settled in New England