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Where did the German Burkham family come from? What is the German Burkham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Burkham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Burkham family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Berckheim, Berckham, Berkham, Berckheimer, Berkheim, Berkheimer, Berkhamer, Berkehamer, Burkhamer, Burkheim, Burckheim, Burcheim, Burcham, Burkham, Burckham, Berckhane, Burckhane, Berkhane and many more.

First found in Swabia, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family originated as a branch of the Andlau family and took their name from the castle and village Middle-Berkheim near Strassburg. The family acquired extensive estates and became knights of Swabia in the Neckar-Schwarzwald and Ortenau regions.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burkham research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1787, 1817, and 1849 are included under the topic Early Burkham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 66 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burkham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Juergen Berckhane, who came to America in 1776.

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The Burkham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burkham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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