Byrkard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Byrkard surname 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 Byrkard family
The surname Byrkard 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 Byrkard family
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Byrkard Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Byrkard are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Byrkard include: Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.
Early Notables of the Byrkard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrkard family to Ireland
Some of the Byrkard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Byrkard family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Byrkard or a variant listed above: David Birket who arrived in New York State in 1803; John Birkett settled in Virginia in 1650; Samuel Birkett settled in New England in 1750; Joe Burkett settled in Barbados in 1635.