Last name: Burke

This ancient and aristocratic English and Norman-Irish surname was first held by Burhred, the king of West Mercia, England, 852 - 874, and several centuries later by the original earls of Ulster and Clanricarde in Ireland. The surname is recorded in the spellings of Burgh, Burk, Burke, and Bourke, and is particularly popular in Ireland, where it has long held great state. The name is topographical, and originates from residence by, or probably the ownership of, a fortress on a hill. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "burh", or the Anglo-Saxon "burg". The villages of Burgh in the county of Suffolk, and Burgh in Lincolnshire, England, are typical examples of the placename, and both provided early surname holders. The surname is distinguished by being amongst the very first ever recorded (see below), and other recordings include Geoffrey de Burk of Herefordshire, in 1272, and Hubert de Burk of Somerset in 1273. The name was introduced into Ireland by William de Burgo, of Burgh in Suffolk, who accompanied Strongbow, the earl of Pembroke, in the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1169 and 1170. William de Burgo later succeeded him as Chief Governor of Ireland under King Henry 11 (1154 - 1189), and was rewarded with great estates. Amongst the many interesting name holders was Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), the leading English statesmen of his day, whilst one of the first recorded passengers to the new American colonies was Jeffery Burke, who sailed on the sloop 'True Friendship" from Antigua to Virginia in 1679. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ailricus de Burc, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Suffolk.

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Jeffrey Burke
We too, hail from Alabama, particularly, Gadsden, AL

My Mum is/was a Burke, and it's a very facinating surname =) "Burke" means fortress (apparantly, from what i've read and heard), so hello to the fellow Burkes. =)

Ashley Kay Burke
Hello, My name is Ashley Burke. My grandfather, John Burke, said we originated from County Cork, Ireland. Anyone here from there? Or know of any Burke's still living there?
My Dads name was Joseph Fred Burke he lived in Georgia and Florida. While in the Army in Germany he had a son (probably would be 60 ish now). We don't know his name , my dad passed away in 1965. We would like to locate our brother but, have little to go on.

liam burke
im a burke im from ilkeston derbyshire uk

hello there i am tracey marie burke from wellington new zealand born 1979 , i have a sister kristina ann burke 3 years older and we are the daughters of raewyn burke maiden name oconnor and david (norman?)burke , my father is irish and has many brothers patrick john etc, he came over here when he was a little boy , sadly his parents are now both deceased but we wrer told we are direct desdents to william the conqure and we had been posted from in ireland a invitation to meet the family clans, this was a global invitaion and it would have been round 1988 that we wrer invited and this heritage paper had all the name history and clans related in order from mot important to least.. the burke family name was at the top of the list , unfortunatly we couldnt attend and this was being held in a cstle somewhere over in irland or scottland not too sure , but we no long5er have this as my father had lost this and i would love to find more about my family history and if what ive been told is true or not ? thanks for accepting me on this page too :)

Jumaane Burke
I'm a Burke and my dad John Burke and his dads family are from Barbados I have been trying to trace the name and can it find a lot on how it got over there can you help please

hello i am rob justice on facebook aka HRH Robert Clyde Justice of isle of man earl of mayo dna tested in 1986/87 i had the burke broach threw ELIZABETH BURKE MY 3RD GGM the only pice missing besides the broach is the earrings that shows the burke /bourke bloodline ELIZABETH was the oldest burke femalebloodline line that gives me my title my dna from what princes charles said opend the door to many burke/bourke cousins feel free to look me up on facebook as rob justice mansfield ohio in a blue t shirt

hi all i was born geraldine burke my dad is sean burke sone of margret buckley and micheal burke he was the middle of 15 children am trying to trace my family tree but having no luck any help would be great x

pat burke
My dad was terence burke grandad robert burke my dad was scottish. Grandad was from elephant an castle in london..

Lami Burke

looks like everyone in here are all Burkes. I have found some family documents dated 1816. My Great Grandfather John Bourke or Jack Burke is from Kensington London England DOB 08.12.1876 somehow made his way to Tonga and have a family there. I am not really sure what happened in Tonga but he made his way to Samoa where he met my Great Grandmother Sivai Godinet and tied the knot in 1941. John/Jack's parents are James Burke and Margaret Burke and on the document she has put down that she was formerly known as a Moran. Whoever did the recording of births and marriages back then recorded the two spellings - Burke (from the Samoa and England Records) and Bourke (from the Tongan Records) and I can see that my great grandfather have signed all this documents. My grand aunts and uncles claim that we are descendants of Bishop James in 1700 Anglican church ?. Any help would be greatly appreciated on tracing my family tree.

Gabriel Burke

Wow interesting


My mother's maiden name is Burke. The Burke side of my family are from the Portland, Maine area.

michael burke born 1956 son of philip burke born 1921 medford mass son of John Joseph burke ..not sure year born died 1977 89 yo

looking for relatives of bridie burke from Galway Ireland...if any last time alive I believe was 1974

michael burke born 1956 son of philip burke born 1921 medford mass son of John Joseph burke ..not sure year born died 1977 89 yo

galway Ireland

michael burke born 1956 son of philip burke born 1921 medford mass son of John Joseph burke ..not sure year born died 1977 89 yo

John Joseph came to Medford, mass USA with 4 brothers from Galway Ireland,,,had 2 children John and elenor in Maine ..then 8 more sons and 3 more daughters all deceased but 1 Mary looking in Galway Ifreland for any survivors of Patrick Burke and related to Bridie Burke family last known alive in 1974

Kathleen Burke
Hiya my father was James Burke he had quiet a few siblings......Rosanna Burke,Thomas Burke,Mary Burke. William Burke, John Burke they came from Dublin I'm trying to do a Family Tree to leave for my grandchildren but I'm struggling there seems to be so many Burkes....I would be more than grateful if any one thinks these names ring a bell thanks. Kathy

Timothy Patrick Burke
Hi, my father's name was Bradley W. Burke of the Buffalo area, and his father was Walter Burke, who's family I believe were settled in the Rochester Area. We are supposedly descended from Silas Burk(e) of Mass., who enlisted in 1781 and fought in the Battle of Yorktown, and who I believe settled in Troy Township in Ohio, after the AWI, and was recorded for pulling Judge Amzi Atwater of the Connecticut Land Company, out of a frozen creek in Mantua Township, in the Geauga County History, in 1802, or thereabouts. (the name Geauga is derived from the Iroquois word "sheauga", which means "raccoon".) I found Silas's marriage record to a Keziah Parks, in Cincinnati, and his pension record, which he began to draw in Onondaga County New York, as well as a listing of his funeral record - he was buried in Fairfax County Virginia, in either 1850 or 1854. I cannot find anything to substantiate the link between he and Walter, my grandfather, though. Walter married and then later divorced my Grandmother, Regina Grabowski, who moved to Albequerque NM, from what I understand, and I haven't seen he, or my father, in 40 years! My mother got divorced and remarried, and now my legal name is OBrien. I did find a Silas Burke on a Mass. Census from before the War of Independence, but AWI Silas enlisted at 16, and therefore couldn't have been born before 1765. I do know that Silas got arsenic poisoning, though he lived to be at least 88 (by one account), because, be it salt beef or salt pork, one should never eat it if the worms ain't wrigglin'. Or... If the maggots fail to muster one should fast, or end up like Custer!

Mark Birkes
Interesting spelling ?. Rare in the UK.. Am I related to the Burke's ?

Kelly Burke Shaffer
My father, Robert Leroy burke was the youngest of 3 children William michael born 10/25/1927 Laila margaret burke Tuttle born 3/4/1929 Robert Leroy born 4/27/1932 All 3 were born in Mapleton me Parents were william felix and bernice evelyn cook burke Williams parents were michael and margaret mooney burke I am having trouble locating and more information. Sounds like we may be from the same burke clan. If you have any info to share my email is

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