Birkestalle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Birkestalle begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Suffolk, where the family could be found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Birkestalle family

The surname Birkestalle was first found in Suffolk at Burstall, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Burgestala [1] and literally meant "site of a fort or stronghold," from the Old English word "burh-stall." [2]

Important Dates for the Birkestalle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birkestalle research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1206, 1230, 1273, 1273, 1316, 1500 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Birkestalle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birkestalle Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Birkestalle has undergone many spelling variations, including Burstall, Burstal, Burstalle, Birstall, Birkestalle, Berstall, Byrstall, Burstow, Burstoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Birkestalle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Birkestalle family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Birkestalle were among those contributors: Mary Harvey Bearsly, who came to Massachusetts in 1635; Joseph Bearsly, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635; Agnes Kempe Birdsall, who settled in Boston in 1635.

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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