Burk family crest
The Irish surname Burk is one of the great Anglo-Norman families, coming to Ireland in the person of William de Burgo in 1171. The name de Burgo became Hibernicized to Burke. The Burke family  produced many septs (clans) including  MacHugo, MacGibbon, and  MacRedmond .They settled extensively in the western Irish province of Connacht, although families are also found in Cork and Tipperary.Amongst the many interesting name holders was Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), the leading English statesmen of his day, whilst one of the first recorded passengers to the new American colonies was Jeffery Burke, who sailed on the sloop "True Friendship" from Antigua to Virginia in 1679. 

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