Birbyke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Birbyke family

The surname Birbyke 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 Birbyke family

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

Birbyke Spelling Variations

Intuition and sound were the primary sources medieval scribes used to judge appropriate spellings and translations for names. The spelling of a name thus varied according to who was doing the recording. The different spelling variations of Birbyke include Birkbeck, Birbeck, Birbecke, Birbeke, Birkbeke and many more.

Early Notables of the Birbyke 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 Birbyke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Birbyke family

In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Birbyke name: Willliam Birbeck who settled in Jamaica in 1774.



  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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