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Origin and popularity of the name BIRKETT


Birkett : English (northern): topographic name for someone who lived ‘(by the) birch-covered headland’ northern Middle English birk(e) + he(ve)d haved (Old English birce influenced by Scandinavian birki + Old English hēafod or Old Norse hǫfuth). There are many minor places in northern England named from this compound. The main source of the surname may have been Birkhead near Kendal in Westmorland. There has been some confusion with Burkett.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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