Birkbeke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Birkbeke family
The surname Birkbeke was first found in Cumberland, at Burbank House in Dacre where they held a family seat from ancient times.  The name literally means "dweller at the cottage on the mound or embankment." 
Early History of the Birkbeke family
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Birkbeke Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Birkbeke has been recorded as Birkbeck, Birbeck, Birbecke, Birbeke, Birkbeke and many more.
Early Notables of the Birkbeke 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...
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Migration of the Birkbeke family
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Birkbeke name: Willliam Birbeck who settled in Jamaica in 1774.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print