The name Birday comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was known for their habitual use of the oath pour Dieu,
which is Old French meaning "for God." This is a subset of the nickname
type of name known as oath names.
Early Origins of the Birday family
The surname Birday was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Birday family
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Birday Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Birday has undergone many spelling variations
, including Pardy, Pardie, Pardee, Purdie, Purdew, Purdy, Purdoe, Pardoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Birday family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birday family to Ireland
Some of the Birday family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Birday family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Birday were among those contributors: Joseph Pardy who settled in Barbados in 1634; Elizabeth Pardy settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Pardey who settled in Placentia, Newfoundland in 1744.