Birbek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Birbek family
The surname Birbek was first found in Cumberland, at Burbank House in Dacre where they held a family seat from ancient times.  The name literally means "dweller at the cottage on the mound or embankment." 
Early History of the Birbek family
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Birbek Spelling Variations
Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Birbek has been spelled Birkbeck, Birbeck, Birbecke, Birbeke, Birkbeke and many more.
Early Notables of the Birbek 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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Migration of the Birbek family
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Birbek: Willliam Birbeck who settled in Jamaica in 1774.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print