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Where did the Irish Burk family come from? What is the Irish Burk family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burk family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burk family history?The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman names that came to Ireland in the 12th century. The surname Burk 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.
Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Burk that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: de Burgh, Burke, Bourke, Burk, Bourk, Gillick and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burk 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 Burk History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Burk:
Burk Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Burk Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Burk Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Burk Settlers in the United States in the 20th 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 Burk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burk 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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