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)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burkett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland 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.


United States 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
  • Joe Burkett, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Henry Burkett, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Burkett, aged 34, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Jo Burkett, aged 21, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Ellins Burkett, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
Burkett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Burkett, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Tho Burkett, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Philip Burkett, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
Burkett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Burkett, aged 24, who landed in America in 1822 [1]
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 [2]
  • Albert Burkett, aged 2, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, Canal Zone [3]
  • John Burkett, aged 4, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, Canal Zone [4]

Australia 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" [5]

New Zealand 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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


Suggested Readings for the name Burkett +

  • 1593 "The History of the Burkett-Gilliam Generations" by Maxine Burkett Seltzer.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J672-G3F : 6 December 2014), William Walter Burkett, 25 May 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Ulua, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67L-M3L : 6 December 2014), Albert Burkett, 25 May 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, Canal Zone, arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67L-M3G : 6 December 2014), John Burkett, 25 May 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, Canal Zone, arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml


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