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Berkel is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Berkel family once lived in one of two towns called Birchill in the countys of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Berkel Early Origins



The surname Berkel was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Berkel Spelling Variations


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Berkel Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Berkel family name include Birchall, Birchill, Birchalls, Birchills and many more.

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Berkel Early History


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Berkel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berkel research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berkel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berkel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berkel Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Berkel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Berkel surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Berkel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Berkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Jacob Berkel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733

Berkel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hartman Berkel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) CountyPennsylvania in 1848
  • Michael Berkel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • Frederick Berkel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • Ignatz Berkel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Berkel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Berkel (post 1700)



  • Suzanne Berkel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008

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Motto


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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: Quaerere verum
Motto Translation: To seek the truth.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Berkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berkel 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 November 2015 at 19:20.

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