Last name: Bird

Recorded as Bird, Byrd, Byrde and Bride, this famous surname is English. It derives from the pre 7th century word "bridde" meaning a bird, and as a surname was originally given as a nickname to one thought to bear a fancied resemblance to a bird. This may have been from bright dress, or bright eyed and active, or perhaps to some one with a beautiful singing voice. The surname was first recorded towards the end of the 12th century (see below), and other early recordings include: Ralph le Brid, a witness in the Fines Court of Essex in the year 1231, and Richard Bird, a witness in the Assize Court of Cambridgeshire in 1260. The variant spelling Bride, most closely resembling the original Olde English "bridde", was first recorded as a surname in 1332, when John Bride was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland, and later in the Century, Johannes Bridde was recorded in the 1379 Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire. Occasionally, Bird (and its variants) may have been given as a metonymic occupational name to a bird catcher, and as such was a shortened form of the name "Birdclever", recorded in the 1427 "Calverley Charters of Yorkshire". Henry Bird was a```n early settler in the New World, he was recorded as purchasing a ticket for the ship "Amity" sailing to London, in July 1679 from Barbados. Recently the name has had much international notice through the famous cricket umpire 'Dickie' Bird of Yorkshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Earnald Brid, which was dated 1193, in the "Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Richard 1st, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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cerys bird
how weired we all could be realated

Ernie Bird
Melbourne is home,but I would like to connect with related Birmingham Birds

Brad Bird

Hmm, this is quite interesting....Hi other birds :)

Sandra Bird Cameron

My understanding is that the original "English" Le Brids/Birds were settled in and around Cheshire after a notable ancestor, who fought with William the Conqueror, was given land (and title). My Bird family migrated to Virginia and West Virginia, and my father eventually settled in Colorado.

Aidan Bird

Still in the U.K

Darryl Bird

My understanding is that most Birds seem to originaly come from the norfolk area in UK

Michael Bird

Born in Birmingham UK I know my dad and grandfather are both from Brum was told we originally came from Bristol but don't know if that is true

Valerie Anne bird

I was born in Birmingham in June 1951 to a Vera bird she was not married. I was adopted but would love to research my original family history.

Sean Bird

Plenty of us Bird's in Bristol

Derek Bird
This bird has just returned to spiritual Norfolk home...

Kyli Bird
I'm in Texas! Looking to find my roots this was very helpful!

John Bird
Have never traced my family tree. My immediate family is from Kentucky. Grandparents are from Wilmore, Kentucky. Father was James Stanley Bird and grandfather was a Methodist minister, Kenton Bird.

Cassandra Bird
Melbourne, Australia here. Most of my family is from Traralgon.