Home   |   Customer Service   |   Site Map   |   Name Search   |   How To Buy

Shopping Cart
0 Items
BBB - A+ Rating - the best there is
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the English Byrd family come from? What is the English Byrd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Byrd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Byrd family history?

The name Byrd is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Byrd was a name used for a person who worked as a bird catcher or someone who had birdlike characteristics.

 More

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Byrd include Bird, Byrd, Byrde and others.

First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrd research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1543, 1623, 1608, 1663, 1558, 1540, 1623, 1652, 1704, 1669, 1674, 1744 and are included under the topic Early Byrd History in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byrd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

Some of the Byrd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Byrd were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Byrd Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Christopher Byrd, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • William Byrd, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • John Byrd, who landed in Virginia in 1677

Byrd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Byrd, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Richard Byrd, who landed in Virginia in 1724

Byrd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Byrd, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Bridget Byrd, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • George H. Byrd, aged 65, who settled in America from Florence, Italy, in 1893

Byrd Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Abram Riddill Byrd, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Anna Byrd, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1914
  • Francis D. Byrd, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Ella Byrd, aged 57, who settled in Baltimore, Md, in 1920
  • James Byrd, aged 17, who landed in America from Killargue, Ireland, in 1921


 More

  • Robert Byrd (1917-2010), senior United States Senator from West Virginia
  • Harry Flood Byrd (1887-1966), American politician, U.S. Senator from Virginia (1933-65)
  • Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888-1957), American aviator, polar explorer, eponym of the Bryd Station, Antarctica, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Chris Cornelius Byrd (b. 1970), American former WBO and IBF heavyweight champion boxer
  • Brigadier-General Daniel Brian Byrd (1888-1975), American Adjutant-General of Arkansas (1937-1941)
  • George Edward "Butch" Byrd (b. 1941), professional American football defensive back, five-time American Football League All-Star
  • Charlie Lee Byrd (1925-1999), American guitarist
  • David Edward Byrd (b. 1941), American graphic artist, designer, illustrator and painter
  • Gerald Lester "Jerry" Byrd (1920-2005), American Lap steel guitarist
  • Leo Byrd (b. 1937), NCAA All-American basketball player

 More

 More

  • A Byrd Family History by Robert Earl Byrd.
  • The Bird-Byrd Family by Al Byrd.
 More

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cruce spes mea
Motto Translation: My hope is in the cross.

 More

Popular Family Crest Products
 
Byrd Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Byrd Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Byrd Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Byrd Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Byrd Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Byrd Armorial History with Frame
Byrd Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms
More Family Crest Products
 More

 More

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

The Byrd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Byrd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 5 June 2014 at 14:16.

2000-2014 Swyrich Corporation. See Terms of Use for details.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.


Sign Up


BBB - A+ Rating - the best there is