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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scott byrd

born in Alabama last name Byrd.

byrdmannstl

Im a Byrd from st.louis Mo.

Ben

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.

TinaMaria
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

Alicia Rodriquez
I found out my fathers last name was Byrd when I needed to get my own id up until then I knew him as Cordova I am Hispanic and thought it was kind of a trip I have a half bro and sis I never meet I am from Colorado Spring there names are Leona and Lil Robert. New ayes been looking for my Dad lost Contact When I was 10 but I knew some info about them as well thought it would be worth mentioning to you it's a real small world. I live in Az now but my email address is rodriqueza10@yahoo.com I now go by my moms maiden name Rodriquez.

TheaByrd
A Byrd from Seattle Wa.

william
a Byrd from Virginia here.

Avi
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.

LIsa
What part of South Carolina

Dr Rev Ivan Lee Byrd
i can be reached at pastoribyrd@yahoo.com

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

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

Jada
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

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

delbert byrd here
hello brittany.where you from?im in ohio.family is mostly from kentucky.

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

Jim Byrd
I am retired but I live in Minneapolis.

Sandy Byrd Staruk
My maiden name is Byrd. My father is Phillip Byrd. His father, my grandfather, is James R Byrd. We are related to the Byrds of Virginia, Senator Robert Byrd of Virginia, Richard E Byrd, the explorer. Our line actually goes back to King Charlemagne!

Johnny Byrd
Johnny Byrd live in Texas

Richard Byrd
I grew up in Oklahoma but now live in Texas. My dads' folks are from Arkansas.

Alvin Byrd
As far I can back,,my grand daddy was George Milford Byrd from Mississippi, then lived the remainder of his life Gadson County, Florida.

Don Byrd
Peoria Illinois

beth
Scott Byrd...my name is Beth, I'm Judy's daughter...if you can contact me that would be great b410k@aol.com. look forward in hearing from you....

Brittany
If you are african american, Byrd was the surname of your slave master. Because we were regarded as "property" we took on their last name.

Richelle
I'm African-American and my ancestor was a slave master.

Cassondra
I don't hold the Byrd last name but my grandparents and mother did. California?

Teresa
I had a website saved for years that had an alternate Byrd history. It stated that a falconer called Hugo d'lois (Hugo the bird) came over with William the Conqueror into England and was granted land. The name was later changed to Bird, and in the 1600's a couple of brothers began spelling their names differently. One used Bird, the other started spelling it as Byrd. The latter's descendants immigrated to Virginia, and some to North Carolina and Tennessee.

Judy Green
hello. my byrd family came from old staunton,va. and then moved to Goshen, W.va which was still Va. I believe.We are looking for a Shirley Marie Byrd, Mastrangioli.any info on byrds would be appreciated, Thank you, Judy

SCOTT BYRD
Shirley Marie Byrd is my aunt

G.B.
My maiden name is Byrd and your story is the same one I was told by my father as I was growing up.

Jada
I was born in Virginia and I later moved to Georgia

Lisa
LOL Theresa I was told the same story. That is why I believe that Larry Bird can jump cause he's part black. Just jokes. This is great!!!

Taylor
england and ireland are right next to each other so it is possible that the mother was irish but the father is english

scott
my last name is byrd was told im irish how can that be if its english

Jada
I was also told I have Irish blood but it's like a tiny ounce but I have red hair and my mom doesn't know where I go it from same as my siblings and herself

Rachele
same with Emily. im not sure at all about it

Emily
I have a question. So if my last name is Byrd is it a good assumption to say I am of this descent? Or no? I am confused and trying to track down family history.

Lisa
How far back can you go?