The ancestors of the Byrte family arrived in England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Byrte came from the Norman personal name
and was originally spelled Berte.
That name is derived from the word berht,
which means light.
Hence the name could have been a nickname
for someone who was "bright, clear or splendid" having derived from the Anglo Saxon word "beorht." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Byrte family
The surname Byrte was first found in Norfolk
where Thomas de Burt and Hamo Burt were first listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls also listed Ralph Burte in Leicestershire
and Roger Burt in Oxfordshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Byrte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrte research.Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Byrte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Byrte Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Burt, Burte, Birt, Burts, Berte, Burte, Birte and many more.
Early Notables of the Byrte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrte family to Ireland
Some of the Byrte family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byrte family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Byrte or a variant listed above: John Birt who settled in Barbados in 1683; Edward, George, John, and Patrick Birt settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850; William Birt settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1852.