Origin of the Name Burt
The origin of the name Burt
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.Variants of the name Burt
include Burte, Byrth, Burtes and Birt. This is a name of locality origin from Fife and the surrounding area. This name is usually of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Robert Burt who witnessed a tack by the Abbot of Cupar in the year 1521. A later Robert Burt in Dundee was charged with aiding the English in 1552. An Andrew Burt was chosen treasurer of Dysart in 1600. A Charles Burt was one of the chief engravers for the US Treasury Department, he being born in Edinburgh.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Burt is an occasional variant of the name Brett and in medieval Dublin it was a variant of the name Britt. In Ulster Province a prominent family of the name were located in County Derry.
The Burt 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 Burt descendants.