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The origins of the Birkhead name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Birkhead was originally derived from a family having lived near a birch-covered headland. The surname Birkhead is derived from the Old English words bierce, meaning birch, and heafod, meaning head.

Birkhead Early Origins



The surname Birkhead was first found in Cheshire, at Birkenhead, a rising sea-port, market-town, and township, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall. Another branch of the family was found at Backford, a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, partly in the Higher division of the hundred of Wirrall, and partly in the Lower division of the hundred of Broxton. "During a great part of the 13th and 14th centuries, the manor was held by the Masseys, of Timperley; about the year 1580 it was sold to Thomas Aldersey, by whom it was soon afterwards alienated to the Birkenheads, who resided at Backford Hall until the family became extinct in the male line in 1724." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Birkhead Spelling Variations


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Birkhead Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Birkhead include Birkenhead, Birkehead, Birkenheed, Birkenhedd, Birkead, Birkinhead and many more.

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Birkhead Early History


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Birkhead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birkhead research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1560, 1617, 1696, 1616 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Birkhead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birkhead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birkhead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Henry Birkhead (1617?-1696), an English academic, lawyer and Latin poet, best known as the founder of the Oxford Chair of Poetry; and Sir John Birkenhead or Berkenhead (1616-1679), a British political writer and...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birkhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Birkhead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Birkhead, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Birkhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T H Birkhead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Joseph Birkhead settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Birkhead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Birkhead, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Birkhead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Birkhead (post 1700)




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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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