Byrkearde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Byrkearde date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Byrkearde family
The surname Byrkearde 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 Byrkearde family
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Byrkearde Spelling Variations
Byrkearde has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Byrkearde have been found, including Birket, Birkett, Bircket, Burkett, Birckett, Burket, Burkert and many more.
Early Notables of the Byrkearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrkearde family to Ireland
Some of the Byrkearde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Byrkearde family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Byrkeardes to arrive on North American shores: 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.