Birt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Birt family

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

Important Dates for the Birt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birt research. Another 85 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Birt family (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, 2nd Earl of Lindsey; Richard Bertie (c.1517-1582), English landowner and religious evangelical; Robert Bertie, 1st Earl of Lindsey (1583-1642), an English peer, soldier and courtier; Captain Richard Bertie...
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Migration of the Birt family to Ireland

Some of the Birt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birt migration to the United States

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, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • William Birt, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Birt migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Birt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Jeffrey Birt, aged 15, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [1]
  • Orlando Birt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [1]
  • William Birt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [1]
  • Jane Birt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [1]
  • Laura Birt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Birt migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Birt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin T. Birt, aged 39, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Jane Birt, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Victor A. Birt, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Ernest A. Birt, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mr. Benjamin T. Birt, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Birt Firman (1906-1999), British jazz musician
  • Birt Acres (1854-1918), American photographer and film pioneer

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Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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