The name Berkewoode first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a stand of birch trees
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce,
Early Origins of the Berkewoode family
The surname Berkewoode was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Berkewoode family
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Berkewoode Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Berkewoode has appeared include Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkewoode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berkewoode family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Berkewoode arrived in North America very early: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.