Last name origins & meanings:
- Swiss German: topographic name composed of the Middle High German
elements burc ‘castle’ (originally also ‘protection’) +
halter from halde ‘slope’, hence a name for someone
living by a castle or fortified town.
- The earliest immigrant of the Burkholder family, Hans Burkhalter,
from Bern canton, Switzerland, settled in Lancaster county, PA, in
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