The history of the name Berkus dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a worker at the bake-house. The bake-house was where all the people in a village would bake their bread in communal ovens.
Early Origins of the Berkus family
The surname Berkus was first found in Cumberland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Berkus family
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Berkus Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Berkus has undergone many spelling variations
, including Backhouse, Baccus, Bachus, Bakehouse, Backas, Backhuse and many more.
Early Notables of the Berkus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Berkus family to Ireland
Some of the Berkus family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Berkus family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Berkus were among those contributors: Andrew Backhouse who settled by the Oswegatchie River in 1822; Henry Bachus arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; Joane Bakehouse settled in Virginia in 1654..
The Berkus 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: Confido in Deo
Motto Translation: I trust in God.