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Early Origins of the Burkhead family
The surname Burkhead was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and village of Burghill, held by Alfred of Marlborough who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. Burgill held a mill and 25 eel ponds.
Early History of the Burkhead family
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Burkhead Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Burghill, Burgehill, Burghil, Burghall, Burghal, Burkhill, Birkhill, Burkell, Berghill, Berghil, Bergle, Burgle and many more.
Early Notables of the Burkhead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burkhead family to Ireland
Some of the Burkhead family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Burkhead family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Burkhead (post 1700)
- Martin S. Burkhead, American Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Indiana University, eponym of the 9143 Burkhead, a main-belt asteroid discovered in 1955
- Rex Burkhead (b. 1990), American NFL football running back for the Cincinnati Bengals