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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.

Bird Early Origins



The surname Bird was 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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Bird Spelling Variations


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Bird Spelling Variations



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.

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Bird Early History


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Bird Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Bird Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bird Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Theophilus Bird, or Bourne, (1608-1663) English actor; John Bird (died 1558), who was an English Carmelite monk and bishop; William Byrd (1540-1623), English composer; William Byrd I (1652-1704)...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bird In Ireland


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Bird In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bird Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bird Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Henry Bird U.E. who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Bird U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Bird Jr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Bird Sr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • James Bird, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • David Bird, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name Bird (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bird (post 1700)



  • Forrest Morton Bird (1921-2015), American aviator, inventor, and biomedical engineer
  • 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
  • John Bird (1709-1776), English Mathematical instrument maker
  • Edward Bird (1772-1819), English genre painter
  • John Bird (b. 1936), English satirist, actor and comedian
  • Aaron Christopher Bird (b. 1983), Australian cricketer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bird Historic Events


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Bird Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Herbert G A Bird (b. 1922), English Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Frederick Bird, British Wireman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Fred Bird, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Rose Bird, (née Holloway), English 2nd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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, English Chief Butcher from Stoneycroft, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Bird


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Suggested Readings for the name Bird



  • 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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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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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