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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 310 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1560, 1590, 1571, 1572, 1553, 1614, 1608, 1614, 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 Martin Birkhead (died 1590), an English politician from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Member of the Parliament for Ripon in 1571 and 1572; George Birkhead or Birket, alias Hall, Lambton, and Salvin (c.1553-1614), an English Roman Catholic priest from County Durham who served as the...

Another 83 words (6 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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Birkhead In Ireland


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Birkhead In Ireland



Some of the Birkhead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 82 words (6 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



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)



  • Larry Birkhead (b. 1973), American partner of Anna Nicole Smith and the father of her daughter, Dannielynn
  • Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead (b. 2006), born Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, an American child model, tabloid sensation and reality television personality
  • Lieutenant-General Claude Vivian Birkhead (1880-1950), American Commanding Officer of the 61st Field Artillery Brigade (1924-1936)
  • Martin Birkhead (b. 1590), English politician
  • Edith Birkhead, English lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bristol and a Noble Fellow at the University of Liverpool
  • Timothy Robert Birkhead FRS (b. 1950), British zoologist, and professor of behavior and evolution at the University of Sheffield
  • Harry Birkhead (d. 2013), South African philatelist who signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists of South Africa in 1982, Fellow of The Royal Philatelic Society London

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Birkhead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birkhead 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.

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