Burke Name History

Burke Irish Coat of Arms

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Burke is an English variant of the English and Irish surname originating from the Anglo-Normans. In Old English, the name means "fortified hill." Many Irish and English emigrants to Quebec and other francophone regions of Canada chose to change the spelling of the name to Bourque. Burke is an uncommon given name. Several localities around the world have been named Burke.

Variant spellings of the Irish surname Burke: De Burgh, De Burgo, Burgh, Bourke, Burk, Bourk, McGillick, Gillick, Bourque.

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You can learn more details about the Burke surname through the Framed Irish Family Name History product (#1760). We also offer other Burke coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. See them all on our Irish Coat of Arms page.

Find Burke Pub in Ireland

There are a few pubs in Ireland that boast the Burke name. Make sure you stop for a pint on your next trip.

If you can't visit in person, our personalized pub gifts are the next best thing!

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