Anglo-Saxon name Berkewoyd come from when the family resided near a stand of birch trees. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce, meaning birch.
Early Origins of the Berkewoyd family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Berkewoyd family
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Berkewoyd Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Berkewoyd has been recorded under many different variations, including Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkewoyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berkewoyd family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Berkewoyd or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
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