Colleen, According to the book "Stuffebeem, Brockway and Sturt: The Origins of Our Surnames" by Shelley Klein (2002) the root names of Birch and Burch are from the same Old English origins. They indicate 'one who lives near birch trees'. Other Birch names they list are Burchill, Birchett ('birch head') meaning a 'dweller by a birch-covered headland' and Birkenshaw. From what I understand a Burchard was liken to an Orchard, only containing Birch trees. I hope this is helpful. Les White
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