Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Barksdul is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Lancashire
. The name is derived from the term Brigdale
which meant the bridge-valley
. The prefix brig
often becomes brick.
Early Origins of the Barksdul family
The surname Barksdul was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Barksdul family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barksdul research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1609 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Barksdul History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Barksdul Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Barksdul has been spelled many different ways, including Brickdale, Birkdale and others.
Early Notables of the Barksdul family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barksdul family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Barksduls to arrive in North America: Thomas Brickdale who settled in Massachusetts in 1634.
The Barksdul Motto
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: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.