According to one family researcher, the spelling of the surname Bursill was originally Bursel and over time became Bursill, changing with the record keeping of priests for marriage, spelt depending on the county in England. When the Bursills arrived in Yorkshire, they settled on the island now known as Burshill. This was a key point of entry at the heart of the Danish-ruled kingdoms from 886 A.D. (Northumbria, Mercia and East Anglia). Danish Viking visits around the British Isles in general spanned at least three centuries between 750 and 1050, variously for the purposes of trade, plunder, extortion, political alliance, the provision of mercenary naval fleets to English kings, or other gain - including permanent settlement.
The Vikings built a Great hall in norse called a "sel" by their leader Bur. ("BUR" is "Odin Father" and "SEL" is "Great hall.") Thus the Name (Bursel) Bursill, was created for the names of the Vikings from that area, which was a gateway of trade and power. This Bursill origins and history page contains the accumulated history of the Bursill family name made up of user-contributed content from other AncientFaces users. Bursill family history has a complex evolution of which the particulars are beginning to be understood by Bursill family researchers. The Bursill family name is an old lineage that, according to one Bursill family researcher, originated with the Vikings and spread throughout the word as the Vikings moved into new countries. According to this same researcher, the surname was originally "Bursel" (it can now be spelled Bursill, Bursall, Bursell, Burshill, and Beursells) and meant "Bur" (who was the father of the Norse god Odin) and "sel" (a "great house" in Old Norse.)
The surname Bursill (old Norse, Bursel) is the name of an island in Yorkshire which Is called Burshill to this day. Burshill is also a small village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) north east of the market town of Beverley. It forms part of the civil parish of Brandesburton.
The name Bursill is Old Norse: "Bur" was Odin's father and "sel" was a room, a great hall, a (large) house, or a castle. (Heorot, sincfāge sel — Heorot, richly adorned hall.)
Nationality & Ethnicity
The family name Bursill is a Norse name. It's also found in Scandinavia and a few centuries ago was compactly grouped around 3 tidal river estuaries, the proposition will have already occurred to many readers that these Bursells were the descendants of Viking settlers. Sel is a village in the municipality of Sel, Norway.
Bursill's (sel) have migrated to all corners of the Globe ,although we are all related from the first Vikings. At least some branches of the Bursill family are Norse, some are English.
These are the earliest records we have of the Bursill family.