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Berkan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Berkan family lived in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century.

Early Origins of the Berkan family


The surname Berkan was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in the 11th century. The name originated in the region of Burgundy in France.

Early History of the Berkan family


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Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1210, 1273, 1273, 1319, 1379, 1500, 1638, 1680, 1682, 1683, 1703, 1764, 1592, 1657 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Berkan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Berkan Spelling Variations


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Burgon, Burgoin, Burgunie, Burgoyne, Burgoyn, Burgoigne, Burgane, Burgin and many more.

Early Notables of the Berkan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Berkan family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Berkan or a variant listed above: Evan Burgen, who came to Virginia in 1643; Philip Burgen, who arrived in Maryland in 1678; Anne Burgan, who settled in Virginia in 1703; John Burgane, who settled in Virginia in 1704.

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