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The names Burke and Bourke, a variant spelling, were introduced to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans in the twelfth century. These names derive from de Burgo Septs of which settled largely in the province of Connaught. Other variations of the name include Burgh and De Burgh.
Spelling variations include: Buri, Bure, Bura and others.
First found in in county Galway where they had been granted lands by Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke, for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland in 1172.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Ann Burk who settled in Virginia in 1647; James and Tobias Burk settled in the Barbados in 1680, with their servants; Elizabeth Burk settled in Maryland in 1774; Bickett Burke settled in Virginia in 1669; Jeoffery Burke settled in A and others.
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