Where did the English Burch family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Burch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Burch is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Burch family lived in an area close to a birch tree which is derived from the Old English word Birce, which literally means birch. The family gave their name to the village of Birch in Lancashire.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Burch include Birch, Birche, Burch, Berch and others.
First found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Birch who settled in Dorchester Mass. in 1630; Mary Birch who settled in Maryland in 1739; Thomas Birch settled in New England in 1654.
Motto Translated: Simply prudent.
For more information on the last name Burch, the PDF Surname History is available for purchase as well as other products.
Suggested Readings for the name Burch
* History of the Burch Family of Kentucky by Frank Eugene Toon.
* Record of the Ancestors and Descendants of Nathan Burch (1781-1858) and Damaris Babcock (1783-1869) of Brookfield, Madison County, New York by Harold John Witter.
Some noteworthy people of the name Burch
* William Burch (1900-1950), American professional ice hockey forward
* Robert L Burch Jr., American politician
* John Chilton Burch, American politician, U.S. Congressman, Secretary of the United States Senate (1879-1881)
* Edward Burch (b. 1968), American musician and journalist
* Dean Burch, who served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from October 31, 1969 to March 8, 1974
* Ron Burch, Writer
* Jackie Burch, Casting Director
* Carter Burch, Writer
* James Doug Burch, Art Department
* NoŽl Burch (b. 1932), French film critic
* Samuel Edward Burch (1889-1974), Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
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