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Where did the English Birkitt family come from? What is the English Birkitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Birkitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Birkitt family history?Birkitt is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Cheshire, where they held a family seat near Birkenhead at the estuary of the River Birket. It is from the name of the river that their name is derived.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Birkitt family name include Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birkitt research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1746, 1650, 1703 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Birkitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birkitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Birkitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Birkitt surname or a spelling variation of the name include: David Birket who arrived in New York State in 1803; John Birkett settled in Virginia in 1650; Samuel Birkett settled in New England in 1750; Joe Burkett settled in Barbados in 1635.
The Birkitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birkitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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