Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
The registered variants for the name are Burdet, Burdit(t), Bordet and Burdick.
Burdet appears to be the early spelling of the surname Burdett with Burdit(t) a variation of this possibly resulting from transcription of the name in Parish records in England from the early 1500's, probably as a combination of literacy and dialect.
In the book "The Norman People - and their existing descendants in the British Dominions and the United States of America " first published in 1874 states for the surname Burdett -
" This family descends from the Bordets, Lords of Cuilly, Normandy, of whom Robert Bordet I with his son Robert II witnessed a charter of the Count of Anjou before the Norman Conquest. Robert II and his brother Hugh were seated in England at the Conquest. From the Former descends the house of De Cuilly and from the latter the Burdetts"
The name Burdett has occurred with regularity throughout the centuries, a number of noteable examples being;
Sir William Burdett who in 1159 founded the Benedictine Alvecote Priory in Warwickshire, as an act of contrition for murdering his wife on his return from the Holy Land because of the false claims of a servant of improper behaviour whilst he was away at the Crusades.
Peter Perez Burdett ( 1734 - 1793) was a Cartographer but also known as one of the surveyors of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, he also modelled for the 18th century artist Joseph Wright, "Head of Man" being one of the resulting works.
Thomas Burdett was a member of the Duke of Clarence's household, he was arrested in 1477 on the orders of the King and charged with "attempting to destroy the King and the Prince through black magic and inciting rebellion", he was put to death at Tyburn.
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