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Where did the Irish Burks family come from? What is the Irish Burks family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burks family history?The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman names that came to Ireland in the 12th century. The surname Burks is derived from the Old English word "burh," which is derived from the Old German word "burg," the common Germanic word for a fortification. It seems likely that the first family to bear this surname would have lived in or near a prehistoric fort situated on a hill. In the Norman fashion, surnames created from place names or geographic locations were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French.
During the Middle Ages, a single person often had their name recorded by church officials and scribes many different ways. Names were typically spelt as they sounded, which resulted in many different spelling variations. The many versions of the name Burks to have been recorded over the years include: de Burgh, Burke, Bourke, Burk, Bourk, Gillick and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burks research. Another 457 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1729, 1797, 1227, 1544, 1st , 1582, 1601, 1572, 1635, 1st , 1604, 1657, 1590, 1667, 1629, 1647, 1647, 1667, 1598, 1672 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Burks History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Burks:
Burks Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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: Ung roy, ung foy, ung loy
Motto Translation: One king, one faith, one law.
The Burks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burks 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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