Birbeke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Birbeke family

The surname Birbeke 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]

Important Dates for the Birbeke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birbeke 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 Birbeke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birbeke Spelling Variations

Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Birbeke include Birkbeck, Birbeck, Birbecke, Birbeke, Birkbeke and many more.

Early Notables of the Birbeke 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...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birbeke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Birbeke family

Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Birbeke or a variant listed above, including: Willliam Birbeck who settled in Jamaica in 1774.

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Citations

  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
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