The name Burkeen is a habitational name from the civil parish of West Birkin in West Yorkshire
. The parish still exists today but remains small with a population of 146 in 2001.
Early Origins of the Burkeen family
The surname Burkeen was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first records of the name was John de Birkin who held lands there in the time of King John. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Burkeen family
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Burkeen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Byrkin, Birkin, Byrken, Birkyn, Byrkyn, Birken and others.
Early Notables of the Burkeen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burkeen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Burkeen (post 1700)
- Andrea Burkeen, American actress, known for LabRatMan and the Mystery of the Magic Toad (2009)
- Noel Burkeen (b. 1970), American actor, known for Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012)
- W. Howard Burkeen, American former former Vice President of William Tyndale College, Farmington Hills, Michigan
- Michael Burkeen, American co-founder of The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, a non-profit student-run organization in the United States
- Jody Burkeen, American Christian author, best known for his "Man Up!" series