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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Bird family have grown. The name Bird was given to a member of the family who was a person who worked as a bird catcher or someone who had birdlike characteristics.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bird family name include Bird, Byrd, Byrde and others.

First found in Cheshire at Broxton, a village and civil parish 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 Bird research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1543, 1623, 1608, 1663, 1558, 1540, 1623, 1652, 1704, 1669, 1674 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Bird History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Bird 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.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bird surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Bird Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Bird settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Bird, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Bird, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Jathnell Bird, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1641
  • Susan Bird who settled in Virginia in 1642


Bird Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Saml Bird, who landed in Virginia in 1749
  • Samuel Bird, who arrived in Maryland in 1777

Bird Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Bird, who landed in New York in 1824
  • John S Bird, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • M Bird, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • B Bird, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Bird, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851


Bird Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Henry Bird U.E who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. James Bird U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. Thomas Bird Jr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. Thomas Bird Sr., U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783

Bird Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mary Bird, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Thomas Bird, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811

Bird Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Bird, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Bird, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • David Bird, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Bird, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • David Bird, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Bird Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Bird landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Bird landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Reuben Bird landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
  • Reuben Bird, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Ann Bird, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842


Bird Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century


  • Leonard Bird, aged 57, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Leonard Bird, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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  • Forrest Morton Bird (1921-2015), American aviator, inventor, and biomedical engineer
  • Miss Ellen Bird, aged 31, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8
  • Brigadier-General Whittier S. Bird (1898-1977), American Chief of Staff, 37th Division (1941)
  • Robert Byron Bird (b. 1924), American chemical engineer awarded the National Medal of Science in 1987
  • Larry Bird (b. 1956), American basketball player, 12-time NBA All-Star
  • George Bird (1850-1940), American baseball player
  • Robert Montgomery Bird (1805-1854), American author
  • Miss Marian May Bird, English Stewardess from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15
  • Mr. Walter Bird (d. 1915), English Chief Butcher from Stoneycroft, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Rose Bird (d. 1915), (née Holloway), English 2nd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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  • The American Descendants of Robert Bird by Katherine Moore Cushman.
  • Genealogical Sketch of the Bird Family, Having Its Origin in Hartford, Connecticut by Isaac Bird.
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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.

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