Birchard is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
near Birkenhead at the estuary of the River Birket. It is from the name of the river that their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Birchard family
The surname Birchard was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Birchard family
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Birchard Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Birchard has been recorded under many different variations, including Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.
Early Notables of the Birchard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birchard family to Ireland
Some of the Birchard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birchard family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Birchard or a variant listed above:
Birchard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles E. Birchard, aged 50, who arrived in America, in 1896
- George G. Birchard, aged 29, who arrived in America from London, in 1897
Birchard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Isaac James Birchard, aged 53, who arrived in America from London, in 1904
- Mrs. I. J. Birchard, aged 39, who arrived in Toronto Ontario, Canada, in 1906
- I. J. Birchard, aged 39, who arrived in Toronto Ontario, Canada, in 1906
- Ralph Birchard, aged 47, who arrived in America, in 1908
- Florence Birchard, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1910
Contemporary Notables of the name Birchard (post 1700)
- Matthew Birchard (1804-1876), American jurist, 3rd Solicitor of the United States Treasury (1840-1841), Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1842-1849), eponym of the Birchard Letter
- Paul Birchard, American actor living in Scotland
- May Birchard (b. 1968), Canadian municipal politician and poverty activist in Toronto, Canada
- Courtney Birchard (1989-2007), Canadian four-time gold medalist national women’s ice hockey team player (2007-)