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The distinguished surname Quirk emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Quirk is derived from the Old French personal names Odes, Otes, Odon, and Otton. These are all derived from the Old German names Odo and Otto, which literally mean riches. Occasionally, the name Quirk is a local surname derived from the settlement of Ott in Belgium.

Quirk Early Origins



The surname Quirk was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Quirk Spelling Variations


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Quirk Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Oates, Oats, Otes, Otis, Oaten, Otten, Oadt, Otton, Oton and many more.

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Quirk Early History


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Quirk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quirk research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1177, 1213, 1275, 1275, 1649 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Quirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Quirk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Quirk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quirk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Quirk In Ireland


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Quirk In Ireland



Some of the Quirk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Quirk:

Quirk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dennis Quirk, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • David Quirk, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Richard Quirk, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • William Quirk, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Quirk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Quirk, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • James Quirk, aged 23, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Edward J Quirk, aged 26, arrived in Missouri in 1839
  • Edmund Quirk, aged 35, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Thomas Quirk, who landed in New York in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Quirk Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Quirk, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Eliza Quirk, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1839
  • Hannah Quirk, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1842
  • Patrick Quirk, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Quirk Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Quirk, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • Ellen Quirk, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Mathew Quirk, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Andrew Quirk, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Patrick Quirk, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Quirk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Quirk, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Eliza Quirk, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • Bartholomew Quirk, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Quirk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Quirk (post 1700)



  • William D. Quirk, American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 9th District, 1974
  • William Quirk, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Thomas J. Quirk (b. 1965), American Democrat politician, Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1920
  • Maxine B. Quirk, American politician, Representative from California, 1982 (40th District), 1990 (39th District), 1992 (47th District)
  • Harry M. Quirk, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1875-78
  • John A. Quirk, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1996
  • Frank J. Quirk, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Illinois State Senate 27th District, 1938
  • Frank Quirk, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 1st District, 1932
  • Dorothy R. Quirk, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1977
  • Deb Hardin Quirk, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1996
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Quirk Historic Events


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Quirk Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. George Andrew  Quirk (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Eduard Quirk, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Douglas, Isle of Man, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Quirk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quirk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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