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The distinguished surname Quirke 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 Quirke 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 Quirke is a local surname derived from the settlement of Ott in Belgium.

Quirke Early Origins



The surname Quirke 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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Quirke Spelling Variations


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Quirke 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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Quirke Early History


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Quirke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quirke 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 Quirke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Quirke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Quirke Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Quirke In Ireland


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Quirke In Ireland



Some of the Quirke 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 look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Quirke:

Quirke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Quirke, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1849

Quirke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Quirke, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"

Quirke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Quirke arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Julia Quirke, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Quirke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Quirke (post 1700)



  • Edward F. Quirke, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 17th District, 1954
  • Michael James Quirke (b. 1991), English born Republic of Ireland U21 international footballer
  • Kieron Quirke, English writer, journalist, musician and theatre critic
  • Micheál Quirke (b. 1980), Irish sportsperson
  • Percival Hillam Quirke (1898-1972), Australian politician
  • John Quirke (b. 1950), South Australian parliamentarian
  • Johnny Quirke (1911-1983), Irish sportsperson
  • Alan Quirke (b. 1976), Irish sportsperson
  • Pauline Perpetua Quirke (b. 1959), British actress
  • David "Dave" Quirke (b. 1947), Irish former professional football player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    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. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Quirke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quirke 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.

    This page was last modified on 31 October 2015 at 09:44.

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