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Where did the English Birtch family come from? What is the English Birtch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Birtch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Birtch family history?The ancestry of the name Birtch dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in an area close to a birch tree which is derived from the Old English word Birce, which literally means birch. The family gave their name to the village of Birch in Lancashire.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Birtch have been found, including Birch, Birche, Burch, Berch and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birtch research. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1691, 1645 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Birtch History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birtch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Birtch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Birtch, or a variant listed above: John Birch who settled in Dorchester Massachusetts in 1630; Mary Birch who settled in Maryland in 1739; Thomas Birch settled in New England in 1654.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Prudentia simplicitate
Motto Translation: Simply prudent.
The Birtch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birtch 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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