The ancestors of the name Birchewod date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a stand of birch trees
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce,
Early Origins of the Birchewod family
The surname Birchewod was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Birchewod family
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Birchewod Spelling Variations
Birchewod has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Birchewod have been found, including Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.
Early Notables of the Birchewod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birchewod family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Birchewods to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.