Berdyke is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Berdyke family lived in Leicestershire
. This surname, however, is a reference to the family's former district of residence, "Bordet," Normandy
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of Cuilly. One of the earliest record of the name was of William Burdett, who held lands in Potton, Bedfordshire
in 1214. Nicolas Burdett held by service of half a knight's fee in 1284.
Early Origins of the Berdyke family
The surname Berdyke was first found in Leicestershire
where the family can be traced to "Hugo de Burdet, who came into England
with WIlliam I, and was lord of the manor of Loseby in 1066." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Arrow in Warwickshire
was for a long time the family seat
of the Burdetts but was passed to the the Conways in the reign of Henry VI which resulted in many lawsuits which remained unsettled until the end of the reign of Henry VIII.
Early History of the Berdyke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berdyke research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1602, 1671, 1636, 1640, 1716, 1640, 1716, 1679, 1704, 1642, 1719, 1675, 1747, 1967, 1671, 1630, 1658, 1701, 1668, 1727, 1704 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Berdyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Berdyke Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Burdett, Bordet, Bourdet, Burdet, Burdit, Burditt and others.
Early Notables of the Berdyke family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Burdett (c.
1602-1671), English settler to America in 1636, the second colonial governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire; Sir Francis Burdett, 2nd Baronet
, from the Warwickshire
branch of the family; his son Sir Robert Burdett, 3rd Baronet
DL (1640-1716), a... Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berdyke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berdyke family to Ireland
Some of the Berdyke family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Berdyke family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Berdyke or a variant listed above: Christ Burdett who settled in Virginia in 1648; George Burdett settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620; William Burdette settled in Virginia in 1639; George Burdet settled in New England