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Birkett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Birkett is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Cheshire, where they held a family seat near Birkenhead at the estuary of the River Birket. It is from the name of the river that their name is derived.


Early Origins of the Birkett family


The surname Birkett was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Birkett family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birkett research.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1746, 1650, 1703 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Birkett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birkett Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Birkett family name include Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.

Early Notables of the Birkett family (pre 1700)


Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birkett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Birkett family to Ireland


Some of the Birkett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 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 Birkett family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Birkett surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Birkett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Birkett, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Jac Birkett, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Birkett, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Birkett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Birkett, who settled in New England in 1750

Birkett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Birkett, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Birkett, who landed in New York in 1862 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Contemporary Notables of the name Birkett (post 1700)


  • Reg Birkett (1849-1898), English football player
  • Ralph Birkett (1913-2002), English professional footballer
  • Bob Birkett (b. 1879), English professional footballer
  • Arthur Birkett (1875-1941), English Olympic cricket player
  • Michael Birkett (b. 1929), British film director and producer
  • William Norman Birkett (1883-1962), 1st Baron Birkett, British Barrister and judge, alternate British Judge during the Nuremberg trials after World War II
  • Dea Birkett (b. 1958), British writer
  • Lieutenant-General Claude Birkett Ferenbaugh (1899-1975), American Deputy Commanding General 8th Army (1954-1955) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Claude Ferenbaugh. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ferenbaugh/Claude_Birkett/USA.html
  • Birkett Kealy "Kett" Turton (b. 1982), American-born, Canadian Leo Award nominated actor
  • Birkett D. Fry (1822-1891), Confederate general in the American Civil War

Historic Events for the Birkett family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Henry James Birkett (1891-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Carstairs, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Donald Craig Birkett, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Henry R Birkett, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Claude Ferenbaugh. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ferenbaugh/Claude_Birkett/USA.html
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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