Origin of the Name Burch
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'at the birch', Burch and Birch are locational names from someone who lived near a birch tree. Variants of the name include Birche, Burche, Byrch and Birk. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Hugh de la Byrche, County Devon, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a John atte Birche, who was recorded in the 'Writs of Parliament', in the year 1300. A Henry del Birches, County Lancashire, was recorded in the 'Lay Subsidy Rolls', in the year 1332, and a Willemus del Birch, was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Several families of the name also settled in County Offaly.
The Burch coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Burch descendants.