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

Birden is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Birden came from the Norman personal name Burdo, which is thought to be of Germanic origin.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Birden has been recorded under many different variations, including Burdon, Burden, Bourden, Bourdon, Birden, Berden, Burdin, Burdin, Burdun, Burdon, Burdune, Burghdone, Burdoun and many more.

First found in Essex where they were granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings. Baron Burden appears in the Role of Battel Abbey and the Domesday Book as holding lands held by the Count of Mortain and leased to Richard de Surdeval.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birden research. Another 358 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1115, 1128, 1166, 1180, 1217, 1273, 1296, 1333, 1467, 1497, 1574, 1758, 1764, 1817, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Birden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Birden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Birdens were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Birden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Birden, aged 19, who landed in America from Liverpool, England in 1892
  • V. Birden, aged 38, who settled in America from Lpool, in 1892

Birden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Josef Birden, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Kararim, in 1905

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  • LaJourdain J. "J.J." Birden Sr. (b. 1965), retired American NFL football player


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  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Birden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birden 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 11 January 2012 at 07:44.

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