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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and firstly may be a locational name from a place called Birch in Essex, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bryce" meaning breaking; hence, cultivated land, or from Birch Much and Little in Herefordshire, from the Olde English "birce", meaning birch. Secondly, it may be a topographical name for someone who lived by a birch tree or a birch wood, from the Olde English "birce". The surname dates back to the late 12th Century (see below), and other early recordings include: Richard de Birches (1246), in the Assize Court Rolls of Lancashire; Ralph atte Birche (1275); and Richard del Birche (1275), both in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire...

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