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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Birch
  1. A tree of several species, constituting the genus Betula; as, the white or common birch (Betula alba) (also called silver birch and lady birch); the dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa); the paper or canoe birch (Betula papyracea); the yellow birch (Betula lutea); the black or cherry birch (Betula lenta).
  2. The wood or timber of the birch.
  3. A birch twig or birch twigs, used for flogging."The threatening twigs of birch." [Shak.]
  4. A birch-bark canoe.

Note: ☞ The twigs of the common European birch (B. alba), being tough and slender, were formerly much used for rods in schools. They were also made into brooms.

Etymology: OE. birche birk, AS. birce beorc; akin to Icel. björk, Sw. björk, Dan. birk, D. berk, OHG. piricha, MHG. birche birke, G. birke, Russ. bereza, Pol. brzoza, Serv. breza, Skr. bhūrja. √254. Cf. 1st Birk

adjective Birch
Of or pertaining to the birch; birchen.
verb Birch
To whip with a birch rod or twig; to flog.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A switch consisting of a twig or a bundle of twigs from a birch tree; used to hit people as punishment ("my father never spared the birch")
  2. Any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark
  3. Hard close-grained wood of any of various birch trees; used especially in furniture and interior finishes and plywood
  4. Whip with a birch twig
  5. Consisting of or made of wood of the birch tree

From Middle English birche, birk, from Old English birce, bierce, from Proto-Germanic *birkijǭ (compare West Frisian bjirk, German Birke), variant of *berkō (compare Dutch berk, Swedish björk, Norwegian bjørk), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerHǵs, *bʰérHǵos (compare Lithuanian béržas, Czech bříza, Ossetian бӕрз (bærz), Russian берёза (berjóza)).

  1. Any of various trees of the genus Betula, native to countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
  2. A hard wood taken from the birch tree, typically used to make furniture.
  3. A stick, rod or bundle of twigs made from birch wood, used for punishment.
  4. A birch-bark canoe.

Notable Persons Named Birch

Birch Bayh is a senator. His military service ended in 1948. Birch was given the name Birch Evans Bayh, Jr. on January 22nd, 1928 in Terre Haute, Indiana.



Birch was born in 1883. He left this life in 1974.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Birch

Thora Birch is an actress. She has been prominent since 1988. Thora was born as the child of Carol Connors (actress) on March 11th, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


John Morrison Birch is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.


Khem Birch is a basketball player for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Uşak Sportif in the Turkish Basketball Super League. He has had major accomplishments since 2014. Khem was born on September 28th, 1992 in Montreal.


Diane Birch is a soul music and blues musician. She was most prominent from 2009 to present. Diane was born on January 24th, 1983.


Michael Birch is a programmer, entrepreneurship, businessperson, computer programmer, entrepreneur, and businessman. Michael was born on July 7th, 1970 in Sawston.


Bob Birch was a musician. He plays Bass guitar, Bassoon, Saxophone, and Backing vocalist. Bob was given the name Robert Wayne Birch on July 14th, 1956 in Detroit. He left this life on August 15th, 2012.


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Popularity of Birch as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Birch U.S.
  White 82.79% 64.26%
  African American 10.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.77% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Birch

People with the last name Birch are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Birch

  • How Popular is the name Birch? Birch is the 23,376th most popular name of all time. As a last name Birch was the 2,954th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Birch have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 262 babies born with the first name Birch in the United States. That's more than enough people named Birch to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Birch? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Birch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Birch is Sunday, October 20th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Birch born? The highest recorded use of the first name Birch was in 2017 with a total of 20 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Birch: Your name in reverse order is Hcrib. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Birhc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Birch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,161 people with the last name Birch.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Birch? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Birch as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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