In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Burkewood surname lived near a stand of birch trees
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce,
Early Origins of the Burkewood family
The surname Burkewood was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Burkewood family
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Burkewood Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Burkewood are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Burkewood include: Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.
Early Notables of the Burkewood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burkewood family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Burkewood or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.