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Burrows Coat of Arms / Burrows Family Crest

Burrows Coat of Arms / Burrows Family Crest

This surname of BURROWS was a locational name 'of Burrow' a spot in County Lancaster. The name was derived from the Old English word BURGFORT, meaning 'one who resided on the remains of a Roman fort'. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village where he held his land. This name would identify his whole family, and followed them wherever they moved. Early records of the name mention Burg (without surname) listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. John atte Boroghe, County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Edward Burrowes of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Burrosse was documented in County Lancashire in 1572. William Burroughs married Elizabeth Knight at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1742. An interesting member of the name was Montagu Burrows (1819-1905). He was an English historian born in Hadley, near Barnet. He rose in the navy to commander (1852) and then, going up to Oxford, took a double first and in 1862 became professor of modern history. Among his works are 'Wyclif's Place in History' (1882) and an Autobiography which was published in 1908 after his death. During the 11th until the 15th centuries surnames were assumed in Europe, but they were not commonplace in England or Scotland at this time. Those of gentler blood assumed an additional name at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1377) that it became general practice amongst all people. As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. 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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