Last name: Burkett

This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Burgheard", composed of the elements "burh, burg", fort, similar to the Old High German "burg" (from the Old French element), the common Germanic word for a fortification, and the Olde English "heard", hardy, brave, strong. The name was reintroduced into Middle English by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066 in the forms "Bou(r)chart, Bocard"; this resulted in many variants of the surname, including Burkart, Borkett, Burchett, Burkett, Burchatt, Burchard, and Butchard. The form "Burkhard" was a very popular medieval German name. The surname was first recorded in 1207 (see below), and early examples include: Thomas Burchart (circa 1248, Suffolk); Walter Buchard (1255, Wiltshire); and Richard Burkett (1524, Suffolk). One John Burkitt, aged 21 yrs., was an early emigrant to the American Colonies, having sailed aboard the "Falcon" in December 1635 bound for the Barbadoes. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is three gold mullets on a red shield, the Crest being a dexter arm embowed, brandishing a club proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Bocard, which was dated 1207, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Suffolk", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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M. Burkett
As far as the origins of the Burkett name, Burke is a fairly common Irish name (and in the past spelling modifications for surnames were fairly common from generation to generation), so that is a possibility. Personally, my Burkett descendants came from the Swabia region of Germany, where their name was originally "Burckhardt."

Alfred Burkett Jr.
My father was named Alfred Burkett sr. He is deceased now but am very interested an knowing my family history!

William Byrkett
My great grandfather's name was spelled Burkett. They messed up on m grand father's birth certificate and spelled it Byrkett. It has remained that way. His name was David Byrkett.

Kathleen Burkett
My father was Charles Ira Burkett, his father Charles Monroe Burkett, all from IN. Not sure of our ethnicity. English, German, Swedish, Irish, French???? At one time I was told our last name was originally spelled Bourquette. But I can't find that anywhere. One characteristic we all seem to have in common is loving the water. My dad and so on, including myself, all love swimming, fishing, diving, camping, boating, just about anything to do with water. We live/d mostly in Martinsville IN and in Florida.

Jarrett Delp-Burkett
I'm very intrigued in doing family history. My mom's maiden name is Burkett. The name "William" is very common in the Burkett family. All of the Burkett's are related if you're from the United States. I'm from Iowa. Most of the Burkett's settled in Iowa, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. (A few of those listed may be wrong). If you have questions about our family, please don't hesitate to ask. :)

r burkett
i was told the name was changed from burkheart or something like that when family came from germany 2 b more american i dont know went that was guess i will have 2 finally ask i am from the toledo ohio area and all the burketts i know r from there i am on facebook if u can help rik burkett

tyler burkett
My father mark burkett was born in california I've never met him or know any of the family. I've always been curious. My name is tyler burkett from iowa.

Jon B
How about Lawrence Allen Burkett Jr. (Dad), and Lawrence Allen Burkett Sr. (Granddad) from Georgia?


Melissa Miller
Kate - I was also told that Burkett originated in Ireland. Dottie - my dad's name is also Loyd Burkett. His dad's name is Marvin Burkett and his grandfather's name was David Burkett. They lived in Tracy, California and then Ripon, California. Perhaps we're distant cousins?

Serena Burkett Brown
Hm. My dad was Harold Burkett and his father was Charles Lincoln Burkett. Charles had a brother named David but was probably born too early to be your grandfather. I was born in Stockton, CA. My grandparents had a lumber mill in the Bay Area (I think Sonoma).

Sylvia Burkett

I was also told that Burkett was an Irish name. My great-grandfather was Jessie Burkett and he was Irish. He lived in Ohio. He and his wife had 12 children and most of them left Ohio. Some went to California.

samatha burkett
my grandpa is loyd burkett

Dottie Higley
I am trying to find information regarding my dad's family. He was L(l)oyd Burkett. I am one of his six daughters and my dad's father was Lee Burkett. I only saw Lee a few times when I was a child due to the fact that he was divorced from my dad's mother and lived in a different state (California). Any info would be greatly appreciated. I know Lee fathered 2 sons and 3 daughters.

Will Burket
Another Will Burket(t) by chance?

Eddie Burkett

Have anyone here ever looked at I was able to trace my Burkett family name back to England in the late 1700. Caleb Burkett 1796 in South Carolina moved to Butler, Alabama.