The ancestors of the Birdyke family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Leicestershire
. This surname, however, is a reference to the family's former district of residence, "Bordet," Normandy
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of Cuilly. One of the earliest record of the name was of William Burdett, who held lands in Potton, Bedfordshire
in 1214. Nicolas Burdett held by service of half a knight's fee in 1284.
Early Origins of the Birdyke family
The surname Birdyke was first found in Leicestershire
where the family can be traced to "Hugo de Burdet, who came into England
with WIlliam I, and was lord of the manor of Loseby in 1066." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Arrow in Warwickshire
was for a long time the family seat
of the Burdetts but was passed to the the Conways in the reign of Henry VI which resulted in many lawsuits which remained unsettled until the end of the reign of Henry VIII.
Early History of the Birdyke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birdyke research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1602, 1671, 1636, 1640, 1716, 1640, 1716, 1679, 1704, 1642, 1719, 1675, 1747, 1967, 1671, 1630, 1658, 1701, 1668, 1727, 1704 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Birdyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birdyke Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Birdyke were recorded, including Burdett, Bordet, Bourdet, Burdet, Burdit, Burditt and others.
Early Notables of the Birdyke family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Burdett (c.
1602-1671), English settler to America in 1636, the second colonial governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire; Sir Francis Burdett, 2nd Baronet
, from the Warwickshire
branch of the family; his son Sir Robert Burdett, 3rd Baronet
DL (1640-1716), a... Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birdyke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birdyke family to Ireland
Some of the Birdyke family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 131 words (9 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 Birdyke family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Birdyke arrived in North America very early: Christ Burdett who settled in Virginia in 1648; George Burdett settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620; William Burdette settled in Virginia in 1639; George Burdet settled in New England