Burkitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Burkitt family

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

Early History of the Burkitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burkitt research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1746, 1650, 1703, 1700, 1838 and 1908 are included under the topic Early Burkitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Burkitt family (pre 1700)

Another 50 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.

Ireland Migration of the Burkitt family to Ireland

Some of the Burkitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Burkitt migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Jane Burkitt, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1673 [1]
Burkitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Burkitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1719 [1]
  • William Burkitt, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777 [1]

Australia Burkitt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burkitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Isabella Burkitt, (Burkett) who was convicted in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Burkitt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Burkitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Burkitt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843

West Indies Burkitt migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Burkitt Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. John Burkitt, (b. 1614), aged 21, British settler travelling from Gravesend, England aboard the ship "Falcon" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [4]

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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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