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Burkitt is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Burkitt family once 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.

Burkitt Early Origins



The surname Burkitt was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Burkitt Spelling Variations


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Burkitt 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 Burkitt family name include Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.

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Burkitt Early History


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Burkitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burkitt research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1746, 1650, 1703 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Burkitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Burkitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Burkitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burkitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Burkitt In Ireland


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Burkitt In Ireland



Some of the Burkitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Burkitt surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Burkitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Burkitt, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • Jane Burkitt, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1673

Burkitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Burkitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • William Burkitt, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777

Burkitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Burkitt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Burkitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Burkitt (post 1700)



  • Jack Burkitt (1926-2003), English football midfielder
  • Sir William Robert Burkitt Kt. (1838-1908), British judge in India in the late 1800s and early 1900s
  • Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935), British theologian and scholar, Norris Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge (1905-1935)
  • James Parsons Burkitt (1870-1959), Irish civil engineer, County Surveyor in County Fermanagh from 1900 to 1940
  • Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993), British (Northern Ireland born) surgeon, best known for his work in Africa on Burkitt’s Lymphoma

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Burkitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burkitt 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 August 2015 at 08:07.

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