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Burcham Coat of Arms / Burcham Family Crest

Burcham Coat of Arms / Burcham Family Crest

This English surname of BURCHAM was a locational name meaning 'one who came from BIRCHAM' (the newly cultivated homestead) in Norfolk. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form BRECHAM. The earliest of the name on record appears to be BRECHAM (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, and BRECHAM (without surname) was recorded in Norfolk in the year 1272. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Later instances of the name include Thomas de BURCHAM of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard BIRCHAM was recorded in East Cheshire in 1545. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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