Burkett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Burkett first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Cheshire, where they held a family seat near Birkenhead at the estuary of the River Birket. It is from the name of the river that their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Burkett family
The surname Burkett was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Burkett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burkett research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1746, 1650, 1703, 1700, 1838 and 1908 are included under the topic Early Burkett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Burkett Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Burkett has appeared include Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.
Early Notables of the Burkett family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Burkett is the 1,480th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. 
Migration of the Burkett family to Ireland
Some of the Burkett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Burkett migration to the United States ||+|
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Burkett arrived in North America very early:
Burkett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mr. Christopher Burkett, who arrived in Plymouth, Mass in 1628 aboard the ship "White Angel" 
- Henry Burkett, aged 34, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 
- Ellins Burkett, who landed in Virginia in 1636 
Burkett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anne Burkett, who landed in Virginia in 1700 
- Tho Burkett, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 
- Philip Burkett, who landed in Virginia in 1714 
Burkett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Burkett, aged 24, who landed in America in 1822 
Burkett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Walter Burkett, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Ulua" from Liverpool, England 
- Albert Burkett, aged 2, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, Canal Zone 
- John Burkett, aged 4, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, Canal Zone 
| Burkett migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Burkett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Burkett, aged 22, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" 
| Burkett 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:
Burkett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Burkett, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Mary Burkett, aged 35, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Javis Burkett, aged 11, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Edward Burkett, aged 6, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- George Burkett, aged 2, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
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| Burkett migration to West Indies ||+|
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Burkett Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
- Jo Burkett, aged 21, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Burkett (post 1700) ||+|
- Walter Jackson Burkett (1936-2017), American football linebacker in the National Football League
- Jesse Cail Burkett (1868-1953), American Major League Baseball player, elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946
- Elmer Jacob Burkett (1867-1935), American Representative and a Senator from Nebraska
- Newton Jones Burkett (b. 1962), American award-winning correspondent for WABC-TV
- Chris Burkett (b. 1962), former professional American football player
|Historic Events for the Burkett family ||+|
- Peter Andrew Burkett (1965-1989), English insurance clerk who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries 
|Suggested Readings for the name Burkett ||+|
- The History of the Burkett-Gilliam Generations by Maxine Burkett Seltzer.
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
- South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml
- Hillsborough Victims (retreived 21st March 2021). Retreived from https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/15/remembering-96-victims-hillsborough-disaster-30-years-9206566/