Last name: Byrd

This name, with variant spellings Byrd, Byrde and Bride, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bridde" (Middle English "brid" or "bird"), meaning a bird, originally given as a nickname to one thought to bear a fancied resemblance to a bird, i.e., bright eyed or active, or perhaps to 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(d), a witness in the 1235 Fine Court Rolls of Essex, and Richard Bird, a witness in the 1260 Assize Court Rolls of Cambridgeshire. 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 an 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. The Coat of Arms most associated with the name is on a silver shield a red cross flory between four red martlets, a blue canton, the Crest being a red martlet. 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 1, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Symantha Byrd
I'm young, under 18, and a Byrd. Minnesota? Anyone?

I'm a Byrd. Bi racial. Father is Ned Floyd Byrd. My name is Brittany. This is amazing, hello to the Byrd family!

My last name is Byrd, I didn't think this many people would have the last name like Byrd, but it's still not Johnson or Smith

Dr Rev Ivan Lee Byrd
im from wyoming ,but most all my relatives are from kentucky tenessee ,my dad was born in indiana,,

Dr Rev Ivan Lee Byrd
my grand dad is dewey byrd from union town kentucky ,,my dad is charlie byrd sr,,lives in wyoming in indiana have been for 4 years but i was born and rasied in wyoming

Dr Rev Ivan Lee Byrd
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My father's family were from Hall Co. Georgia. They seem to have come from South Carolina in the late 1700's or early 1800's. Difficult to trace back further. Does NOT seem to be any connection to the Hugo Le'Bird/ Wm of Westover line. Anyone have any ideas where I might look for more info on our line? Thanks.

a Byrd from Virginia here.

A Byrd from Seattle Wa.

I have half sister's and a half brother that have the last name byrd from there dad. They are Hispanic, well that's what we have all been told. I have only seen people with the last name of byrd to be white or African American. I wonder now what nationality they really are. This is so interesting and if any one out there has any answers to how my siblings can look Hispanic and also have the last name byrd , I would appreciate any input. They are from Denver Colorado. Thank you


Lots of Byrds in Georgia and Alabama. My father grew up outside of Auburn and moved to Atlanta in the 60s. Fair number of Byrds in Atlanta, although I've never linked our families.


Im a Byrd from st.louis Mo.

scott byrd

born in Alabama last name Byrd.

xavier byrd

byrd in ATX

Jerod Hatch in So. Cal.

My Grandfather was Virgil Royce Wigley of Iowa Park, Texas, married Willene "Billy" Byrd of Missouri. Looking for Hebraic or generally semitic lineage in Hatch, Byrd, or Wigley. Not a lot of info coming from living relatives

Braxton Byrd
My grandfather was a Byrd from North Carolina, tobacco farmer. I was never told anything about his father or grandfather (my Great and Great-great grandfather). One thing I was told was that our line has been in the US long before the civil war and had blood who fought in the confederacy.

Robyn Bird
My family is from Labrador ( Newfoundland and Labrador), Canada. I was told vague stories that a "Bird" from England, from an area of many fishing communities came over and "jumpped ship". Married an Inuit woman who went by the name of Mary... some say Mary Mudge. She didnt speak a lot of english apparently. I was born in 1985, my father in 54, so she/he may be my 4th or 5th Great Grand Parent. Anyone with information sounding familiar with ties to Labrador, Canada please reply.

Nick Byrd Sr.
Byrd Southern Indiana huge family but nobody can tell me much, other then the direct family, would like to know if I'm part of the Virginia, Carolina, lol?? An if there's more family out there??

Jamal Byrd
Dammit I hate this slave name y'all should feel ashamed for what y'all ancestors done

Adrian Byrd
Lol slave kings from Europe from every nationality all wanting to b free ... from taxes @ slavery

Richard (Rick) Allen Byrd
My Farther was Thomas Ugene Byrd he was born in Nebraska. His fathers name was Earl William Byrd (birthplace unknown). Although my grandmother (Florence Byrd Canavesiao) told me she lived in Marshfield, Missouri around her early teen years. (There are several Byrds living there, but I never met any of them.) I have one uncle William Earl Byrd, and three cousins William Byrd, Donny Byrd and Debbie Byrd.

Robin M Byrd
California Byrd here. My line of Byrds go from Virginia to Alabama to Tennessee to Kings County, California (Pleasant Byrd 1822-1893). There they settled (Pleasant Wrightman Byrd and William Byrd) until my dad moved to southern california.

Two Big fams of Byrds in Hartford, CT. My branch originates from Jamaica, apparently, via Southwest Georgia (Pelham County, also Macon) and a couple of brothers, one is my grandfather, Judge, the other brother--allegedly named Arthur--either owned or ran a farm in that part of the South. If any of this rings a bell, please reach out (Y)

What's on your mind?There were a few "Byrds" who came over from Ireland and England.


Vince Byrd Jr
From and live in mt.vernon Alabama im a choctaw Indian My grandfather was Henry Rudolph Byrd and James Murray Byrd

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