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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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.

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

Darryl Bird

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

Aidan Bird

Still in the U.K

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.

Brad Bird

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

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

Bob Bird
I was a Proud Birmingham Bird, having migrated to Australia in 1952 at the age of 12 and subsequently moving to New Zealand in 1966. We didn't have much to do with Birds, as mothers tend to operate the correspondance and she was an East. I do however, know that my grandfather was a Midland Red bus driver having moved from being a hostler on some estate in the country, moving to motor driving from being a coachman ,and my father was born at 148 Grosvenor Street West Ladywood. We moved, towards the end of the war to 2/148 in the same Street, having been bombed out in the house where I was born in Greet ( another suberb which is just a name for me) Tell me about yourself ---Bob

Michael Bird

I'm another Proud Birmingham Bird but not so well traveled

Pat Bird
Does anyone have a connection to the Birds of Massachusetts? First in Western Mass. then moved onto Boston.

cerys bird
how weired we all could be realated

Richard Byrd
Living in florida now....not too sure wherbe. my ancestors came from but this is a good start...

andrew bird
well so true as im an oldie and can sing and my we girl can sing beter than me

Sidonie Bird de la Coeur
Andrew is my uncle's name, so when I saw this I thought it was you Uncle Andrew! However, he doesn't have a daughter.

susan bird
all the Birds are from Edmonton England area

David Lloyd
I have Bird ancestors. They were from Huntingdonshire, moved north to Yorkshire, then south to London.

pauline thorn
well ,the singing voice could be true ,my grandma was a singer,hey but that wasnt her maiden name, but looking like a bird - no so wrong. It came from the early bird catchers in the uk for selling and trade.