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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.

Birkett Early Origins



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

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Birkett Spelling Variations


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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.

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Birkett Early History


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Birkett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birkett research. Another 155 words (11 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.

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Birkett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birkett Early Notables (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.

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Birkett In Ireland


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Birkett In Ireland



Some of the Birkett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Jac Birkett, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Richard Birkett, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Birkett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Birkett 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
  • John Birkett, who landed in New York in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Birkett (post 1700)


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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

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Birkett Historic Events


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Birkett Historic Events




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 on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Donald Craig Birkett, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Henry R Birkett, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Birkett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birkett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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