The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Birkdal come from when the family resided in Lancashire
. The name is derived from the term Brigdale
which meant the bridge-valley
. The prefix brig
often becomes brick.
Early Origins of the Birkdal family
The surname Birkdal was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Birkdal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birkdal research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1609 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Birkdal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birkdal 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. Birkdal has been recorded under many different variations, including Brickdale, Birkdale and others.
Early Notables of the Birkdal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birkdal 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 Birkdal or a variant listed above: Thomas Brickdale who settled in Massachusetts in 1634.
The Birkdal Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.