Birbeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Birbeck family

The surname Birbeck was first found in Cumberland, at Burbank House in Dacre where they held a family seat from ancient times. [1] The name literally means "dweller at the cottage on the mound or embankment." [2]

Early History of the Birbeck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birbeck research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1589, 1776, 1841, 1584, 1656, 1696, 1717, 1696 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Birbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birbeck Spelling Variations

Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Birbeck has been recorded as Birkbeck, Birbeck, Birbecke, Birbeke, Birkbeke and many more.

Early Notables of the Birbeck family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Simon Birckbek or Birkbeck (1584-1656), an English clergyman and controversialist from Hornby, Westmorland; and Christopher Birbeck (1696-1717), an English...
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United States Birbeck migration to the United States +

The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Birbeck name:

Birbeck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Willliam Birbeck who settled in Jamaica in 1774

Contemporary Notables of the name Birbeck (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Birbeck, Australian commander of the George, an Australian sloop wrecked in 1806
  • Shaun Birbeck (b. 1972), former English cricketer
  • Joseph "Joe" Birbeck (b. 1932), English professional footballer
  • Michael Stanley Clive Birbeck (1925-2005), British scientist and electron microscopist who identified Birbeck granules
  • George Birbeck (1776-1841), English physician, academic, philanthropist, pioneer in adult education, founder of Birkbeck, University of London

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print on Facebook
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