The name Byrkewod is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a stand of birch trees
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word birce,
Early Origins of the Byrkewod family
The surname Byrkewod was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Byrkewod family
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Byrkewod Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Byrkewod has been spelled many different ways, including Birchwood, Berchwood, Birchwoode, Birchwude, Birchewode and many more.
Early Notables of the Byrkewod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrkewod family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Byrkewods to arrive in North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.