The name Burkmann is derived from the Low German word "berke," or "birke" which means "birch." Thus it is assumed that the first bearers of the Burkmann family name originally lived near birch trees.
Early Origins of the Burkmann family
The surname Burkmann was first found in Hamburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Berchmann became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation.
Early History of the Burkmann family
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Burkmann Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Berchmann, Bercmann, Bercman, Berchman, Berkmann, Berkman, Berckmann, Berckman, Berkemann, Berkeman, Birkmann, Birkman, Birkemann, Birkeman, Birckmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Burkmann family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burkmann family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Berkman, age 26; arrived in Philadelphia, in 1738; Peter Berkman settled in Maryland in 1764; Johannes Berckmann, accompanied by his wife Johanna H. P. Goldner, arrived in Philadelphia in 1792.