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Birchwude History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Birchwude family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near a stand of birch trees. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce, meaning birch.

Early Origins of the Birchwude family

The surname Birchwude was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Birchwude family

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Birchwude Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Birchwude include Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.

Early Notables of the Birchwude family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Birchwude family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Birchwude were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.

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