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Birkett Surname Meaning

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: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Burkett, Baskett, Burgett, Barrett, Brett, Pickett, Beckett, Barnett

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Where is the Birkett family from?

You can see how Birkett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Birkett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Birkett families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 66 Birkett families living in Ontario. This was about 74% of all the recorded Birkett's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Birkett families in 1911.
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What did your Birkett ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Birkett. 45% of Birkett men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Birkett women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Birkett were Bookkeeper and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    45%
  • Student
    23%
  • Clerk
    17%
  • Bookkeeper
    17%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    50%
  • Teacher
    25%
  • Income
    25%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Birkett. For the veterans among your Birkett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Birkett lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Birkett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Birkett in 1953 was 36, and 80 in 2004.

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