Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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 Birkitt family
Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Birkitt family
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Birkitt 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 Birkitt family name include Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.
Early Notables of the Birkitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birkitt family to Ireland
Some of the Birkitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Birkitt family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Birkitt surname or a spelling variation of the name include: David Birket who arrived in New York State in 1803; John Birkett settled in Virginia in 1650; Samuel Birkett settled in New England in 1750; Joe Burkett settled in Barbados in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Birkitt (post 1700)
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