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Derivation of the name "Birkett"
Posted by: David Birkett Date: October 16, 2001 at 08:45:22
In Reply to: Re: BIRKETTS Co DURHAM ENGLAND MID 1800's by Louise Birkett of 218

My understanding is that the the stem "-ett" means a headland. It's also found in other Norse names, notably Plunkett. "Birk" does indeed mean birch tree, so the whole name would therefore mean "birch covered headland" and would be synonymous with the town-name Birkenhead, over the river from Liverpool.

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