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

The Anglo-Saxon name Birmingham comes from the family having resided in or around the city of Birmingham in Warwickshire. This place-name predates the Domesday Book and is thought by historians to have evolved from the Old English Beornmundingaham, meaning, homestead of the people of Beornmund.

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Birmingham has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Bermingham, Berminean, Bermingcham, Berminham, Bremingham, Birmingham and many more.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birmingham research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1050 and 1328 are included under the topic Early Birmingham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Birmingham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Birmingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Birminghams to arrive on North American shores:

Birmingham Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Birmingham, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Andrew Birmingham, who landed in New York in 1837
  • Timothy Birmingham, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1846
  • Bridget Birmingham, Daniel, Gillespie, James, John, Margaret, Mary, Michael, Pat, Thomas, and Biddy, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1849 and 1878
  • Margt Birmingham, aged 13, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851


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  • Joe Birmingham (1884-1946), American Major League Baseball player
  • DeCori Birmingham (b. 1982), American retired NFL football running back
  • Joseph Leo "Joe" Birmingham (1884-1946), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Naps
  • John Birmingham (b. 1977), American filmmaker
  • Stephen Birmingham (b. 1932), American author
  • Thomas Francis Birmingham (b. 1949), former President of the Massachusetts Senate
  • John Birmingham (b. 1964), Australian author
  • Billy Birmingham (b. 1953), Australian humourist
  • George M. Birmingham (b. 1954), Irish High Court judge, former Irish Fine Gael politician
  • John Birmingham (1816-1884), Irish astronomer, amateur geologist, polymath and poet

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The Birmingham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birmingham 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.

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