Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived near a birch-covered headland. The surname Berkinhead is derived from the Old English words bierce, meaning birch, and heafod, meaning head.
Early Origins of the Berkinhead family
Cheshire, at Birkenhead, a rising sea-port, market-town, and township, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall. Another branch of the family was found at Backford, a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, partly in the Higher division of the hundred of Wirrall, and partly in the Lower division of the hundred of Broxton. "During a great part of the 13th and 14th centuries, the manor was held by the Masseys, of Timperley; about the year 1580 it was sold to Thomas Aldersey, by whom it was soon afterwards alienated to the Birkenheads, who resided at Backford Hall until the family became extinct in the male line in 1724." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Berkinhead family
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Berkinhead Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Berkinhead family name include Birkenhead, Birkehead, Birkenheed, Birkenhedd, Birkead, Birkinhead and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkinhead family (pre 1700)
Yorkshire, Member of the Parliament for Ripon in 1571 and 1572; George Birkhead or Birket, alias Hall, Lambton, and Salvin (c.1553-1614), an English Roman Catholic priest from County Durham who served as the...
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Migration of the Berkinhead family to Ireland
Some of the Berkinhead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Berkinhead family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Berkinhead surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Berkinhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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