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The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman names that came to Ireland in the 12th century. The surname Bourke is derived from the Old English word "burh," which is derived from the Old German word "burg," the common Germanic word for a fortification. It seems likely that the first family to bear this surname would have lived in or near a prehistoric fort situated on a hill. In the Norman fashion, surnames created from place names or geographic locations were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French.

Bourke Early Origins



The surname Bourke was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where the family name is descended from the Norman noble William Fitzadelm de Burgo who went to Ireland in the Anglo- Norman invasion of Ireland and was the succeeded Strongbow as Chief Governor. Great stretches of land were given to this family in the year 1177. Richard Oge de Burc, son of William, became the "Lord Justice of Ireland" under King Henry II in 1177 and was regranted the lands of his father the following year. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Richard Mor de Burc, the older son of William, was the ancestor of the family name Bourke or Burke. They formed several septs, the two most important having been the MacWilliam Uachtar sept of county Galway, and the MacWilliam Lochtar sept of County Mayo. LF>It should be noted that not all of the family were in Ireland as some were found in Knaresborough, in the West Riding of Yorkshire in ancient times. "At the time of the Domesday Survey it formed part of the royal demesnes, and was given by the Conqueror to Serlo de Burgh, Baron of Tonsburg, in Normandy, who had accompanied that monarch into England, and by whom its stately castle, now a ruin, was originally built, on the rocky heights north of the river Nidd." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Bourke Spelling Variations


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Bourke Spelling Variations



Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Bourke revealed the following spelling variations: de Burgh, Burke, Bourke, Burk, Bourk, Gillick and many more.

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Bourke Early History


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Bourke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bourke research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1227, 1503, 1544, 1582, 1601, 1572, 1635, 1604, 1657, 1590, 1667, 1629, 1647, 1647, 1667, 1598, 1672, 1666, 1642 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Bourke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bourke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bourke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Theobald Bourke, 8th Mac William Iochtar and lord of Lower (North) Connacht, died 1503; Ulick Ceann Burke (died 1544), 12th Clanricarde and 1st Earl of Clanricarde; Richard Sassanach Burke, 2nd Earl of Clanricarde (died 1582); Ulick Burke, 3rd Earl of Clanricarde, (died...

Another 94 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bourke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Bourke:

Bourke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Bourke, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Bourke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Bourke, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Bourke, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
  • John Bourke, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Bourke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Bourke, who landed in New York in 1827
  • William Bourke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Michale Bourke, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • B Bourke, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Patrick Bourke, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1871
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bourke Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Bourke, who landed in Canada in 1812

Bourke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bourke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Patrick Bourke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Alice Bourke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Johanna Bourke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Catherine Bourke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bourke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bourke, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Michael Bourke arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • William Bourke, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • John Bourke, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • James Bourke, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bourke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bourke (post 1700)



  • Rory Michael Bourke (b. 1942), American country music songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio, best known for his song "The Most Beautiful Girl", three-time ASCAP's "Writer of the Year" winner (1975, 1979, 1983) and three-time Grammy Award nominations
  • William G. Bourke, American politician, Representative from New York 5th District, 1892, 1894; Independence League Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1908
  • Thomas A. Bourke, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Windsor, 1889
  • May R. Bourke, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1942
  • Martin Bourke, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1915, 1917-18, 1920
  • Joseph P. Bourke, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 2nd District, 1902-03
  • James S. Bourke (b. 1843), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Bilbao, 1916
  • Jean Raymond Charles Bourke, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Pieter Alan Bourke, Australian two-time Golden Globe nominated composer, keyboardist, percussionist and audio engineer from Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jamie Bourke (b. 1991), Australian ice hockey and inline hockey player
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bourke Historic Events


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Bourke Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Mabel Juliet Bourke, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Bourke (d. 1912), aged 42, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrowskehine, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Catherine Bourke (d. 1912), (née McHugh), aged 32, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrowskehine, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Mary Bourke (d. 1912), aged 40, Irish Third Class passenger from Carrowskehine, Mayo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ung roy, ung foy, ung loy
Motto Translation: One king, one faith, one law.


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  11. ...

The Bourke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bourke 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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