Byrdit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Byrdit family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Byrdit 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 Byrdit family

The surname Byrdit 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." [1] 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.

Important Dates for the Byrdit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrdit research. Another 92 words (7 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 Byrdit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Byrdit Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Byrdit were recorded, including Burdett, Bordet, Bourdet, Burdet, Burdit, Burditt and others.

Early Notables of the Byrdit 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 Tory politician; and Sir Robert Burdett, 3rd Baronet (1640-1716) from Warwickshire and Debyshire who...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byrdit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Byrdit family to Ireland

Some of the Byrdit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Byrdit family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Byrdit arrived in North America very early: 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 in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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