Burgin Coat of Arms
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Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Burgin Name
Listed in many spellings including Burgoin, Burgoyne, Burgan, Burgen, Burgin, Burgwin, Burgwyn, Burgyn, and others, it is of French origins and locational. It acquires from the place name Burgandy and shows a person from that region. First introduced into England in 1066 by supporters of Duke William of Normandy, later to be known to history as “William, the Champion”. More common variations are: Burgine, Bourgin, Burygin, Buergin, Buragin, Burgina, Burigin, Burgien, Burgion, Bourgein.
The surname Burgin first appeared in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Invasion of England in the 11th century. The name originated in the region of Burgundy in France. Some of the people with the name Burgin who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Phil Burgin, who arrived in Maryland in 1677.
People with the surname Burgin who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Barbara Burgin, who arrived in Carolina in 1738. Barbara Rudi Burgin, who settled in Carolina in 1738. Hans Burgin, who landed in America in 1738. Hans Rudi Burgin, who arrived in America in 1738. Heini Burgin, who landed in America in 1738. Some of the people with the surname Burgin who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Heinrich Burgin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852. Henry Burgin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852. Patrick Burgin, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1854. Some of the individuals with the surname Burgin who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Ann Burgin, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship “Pestonjee Bomanjee” in 1838
Burgin Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Burgin blazon are the escallop, key and sword. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
The escallopoccurs often in arms, represented as the outside of the shell, sometimes “fluted” of a different colour 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Escallop. It has been part of heraldic tradition almost from the beginning of the art, Henry III of England awarded Gules, 3 escallopes argent to Herbert de CHAMBERLEYNE in the 13th century, and it is present in the heraldry of almost all countries 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P299. It is believed that they were adopted as badges of those going to the Holy Land and can be found in the arms of many a crusading family. Hence Wade’s suggested association of the scallop with those that “complete long journeys to far countries” 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P91.
Although we expect to find fierce creatures and fearsome weapons depicted in a coat of arms this is not always the case – sometimes simple household objects are used 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281. The key is a typical example of this. Sometimes these objects were chosen for the familiarity they would have for the obsever, helping them identify the owner, and sometimes they were used because of some association with the owner, or a similarity to the family name. 11Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100 In other cases, Wade suggests that their appearance can be taken to indicate “guardianship and dominion”. 112The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P47
Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 13Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. Indeed, the sheer variety of different swords 14A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P302 can be bewildering and expaining the difference between a scimitar and a falchion is perhaps best left to the expert! If a charge is described just as a simple sword then it will have a straight blade and cross handle, that may be of a different colour, and, unless specified, points upwards. Wade, quoting the earlier writer Guillim, signifies the use of the sword as representing “Government and Justice”.