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.

Mary Carey nee heneggan
I have heard that

Heneghan is also a variant of Bird. It's comes mainly from Mayo in west of ireland. The irish ( gaelic) of bird is ean and the irish for Heneghan is Eanachain.

Kelli Bird
We have a whole colony of Birds here in SK Canada lol

Gordon Bird
Grandfather was William Edward Bird from Omaha Nebraska would like to know a lot more about our roots but really have no idea where to start.Funniest thing ever, back in the phone book days, someone looked up our phone number, I was ten and answered the phone "Hello" caller says "hey which one of you birds Sh@# on my car" I hung up the phone laughing

Richard Bird
Hello other Bird's we could all be linked, wow my name is old! "and Richard Bird, a witness in the Assize Court of Cambridgeshire in 1260" I am from Doncaster and have family in Yorkshire mainly, not sure where it leads. the document above keeps mentioning Yorkshire anyway.

Jonjo bird
I did not know there was so many birds. I thought it was Irish?

Valerie Bird
Yes Irish my dad n grandpa had red curly hair. They were from southeast Utah,Salinas & said there is a Bird cemetery in Oregon?

Peter Bird
All thoughout townsville Qld

Hayley bird
Hi fellow birds, I'm from Hertfordshire, originate from farmers in Sussex...... apparently

Jennifer Bird
Hi, I'm from Dundalk, in Ireland.... had no idea there were so many. :D

Tom Bird
Hey Brothers and Sisters! Dreckly we must unite and overthrow the Fat Cats!!! ;-) I'm a Bird from Cornwall by the way... :)

Phillip Albert Bird in Okc
I am a Bird in Oklahoma city and have traced my Family Tree to all parts of the country from NYC to Indiana to Kansas and Nebraska and Texas. My Mom used to tell me that we were related to Larry Bird and I thought that I was glad we came from the good looking Bird side of the Family. My Grandad was named Louis and my Dad was Archie Bird. There are a lot of Richards , Williams , James , common English names. My Brother used to say we are 1/2 Paiute Indian 1/2 Negro Cab Driver. He was a kidder of course.

MY NAME IS RICHARD NICHOLAS-BIRD my father was from enfield a royal marines commando during WW2 meeting my mum in portsmouth during the conflict. the nicholas name was mums maiden the end of the day in 1889 my grandad was born weird really that name was obviously part of the RUSSIAN tsar thing and grandad wouldnt ever say about his upbringing or his roots..Or the rites to tin mines in cornwall..

Melissa Bird
A Bird born and raised in Kent, UK here. My family came from London, my Grandad was Charles Russel Bird, i believe his Sister was Sarah, I remember something about Sussex on a 1911 census. Grandad Charles married Lillian Newman. They came from the Camberwell/Bermonsey area, bombed out so migrated to New Eltham. Lillian's parents were Clara Brooker and Harry Newman were also from London. There was herds of Brookers! Finally establishing the aviary of Birds around New Eltham, St Mary's Cray and Hextable areas. Lovely to meet you potential rellies xx

Shawn Eric Bird
Grandfather was Harold Calder Bird related to the "united empire loyalists" who emigrated to Canada from the US way back.Just looking for a little info from anyone who may have a similar background..Thanks..!!

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