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Birkett Name 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 1840 there were 2 Birkett families living in Tennessee. This was about 29% of all the recorded Birkett's in USA. Tennessee and 1 other state had the highest population of Birkett families in 1840.
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What did your Birkett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Birkett. 27% of Birkett men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Birkett women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Birkett were Salesman and Secretary. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farm Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Saleslady
    13%
  • Secretary
    13%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Birkett. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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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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