Burkell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Burkell is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in either the settlement of Birtle in the county of Lancashire or the settlement of Birtles in the county of Cheshire. The names of these places are derived from the Old English word bridd, meaning young bird or nestling, and indicates that the places were originally known as nesting grounds for birds.
Early Origins of the Burkell family
The surname Burkell was first found in Cheshire at Birtles, a township, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred of Macclesfield. "Birtles Hall and demesne belonged for many generations to the Birtles family." 
Early History of the Burkell family
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Burkell 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. Burkell has been spelled many different ways, including Birtles, Byrtles, Birchell, Birchells and others.
Early Notables of the Burkell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burkell family to Ireland
Some of the Burkell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burkell migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Burkell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joshua Burkell, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" 
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