The ancestors of the Berkewood surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived near a stand of birch trees
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce,
Early Origins of the Berkewood family
The surname Berkewood was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Berkewood family
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Berkewood Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Berkewood include Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkewood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berkewood family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.