Burkewoit is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived near a stand of birch trees
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce,
Early Origins of the Burkewoit family
The surname Burkewoit was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Burkewoit family
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Burkewoit Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Burkewoit family name include Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.
Early Notables of the Burkewoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burkewoit family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Burkewoit surname or a spelling variation of the name include: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.