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The name Birt is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the personal name Bartholemew, which was popular during the Middle Ages.

Birt Early Origins



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

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Birt Spelling Variations


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Birt Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Birt has been spelled many different ways, including Birt, Bertie, Birte, Burt, Bert, Birtie, Byrth, Birth and many more.

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Birt Early History


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Birt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birt research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1845, 1804, 1881, 1640, 1711, 1678, 1730, 1517, 1582, 1583, 1642, 1635, 1686, 1685, 1686, 1641, 1701, 1634, 1701, 1665, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1660, 1723, 1675 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Birt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Birt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include William Radcliffe Birt (1804-1881), an English amateur astronomer; Captain Charles Bertie (c.1640-1711), British diplomat, the fifth son of Montagu Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey, Secretary to the Treasury; Charles Bertie (c.1678-1730), British politician, the son of Charles Bertie and grandson of Montagu Bertie...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Birt In Ireland


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Birt In Ireland



Some of the Birt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words (7 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Birts to arrive in North America:

Birt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Birt, who settled in Barbados in 1683
  • John Birt who settled in Barbados in 1683

Birt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward, George, John, and Patrick Birt settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • William Birt settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Birt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Jeffrey Birt, aged 15, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Orlando Birt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • William Birt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Jane Birt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Laura Birt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Birt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin T. Birt, aged 39, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Jane Birt, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Victor A. Birt, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Ernest A. Birt, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Birt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Birt (post 1700)



  • Michael Birt, English portrait photographer
  • John Birt (b. 1944), Baron Birt, English executive, Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation (1992-2000)
  • William Radcliffe Birt (1804-1881), British amateur astronomer, eponym of the Birt crater on the Moon
  • Charlie Birt (b. 1942), Canadian politician

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Birt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birt 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 17 January 2014 at 11:04.

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