Birdmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Birdmore reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Birdmore family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Birdmore family lived in Dorset. The original derivation of the name, however, is not related to that area, but is probably a geographical reference to some lost town, village, or parish. It is plausible that this place was in Staffordshire, as the name is extremely common in that area. [1]

Early Origins of the Birdmore family

The surname Birdmore was first found in Dorset, where they had been granted lands by their liege Lord, William the Conqueror, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Birdmore family

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Birdmore Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Beardmore, Beardsmore, Berdmore, Berdsmore, Birdmore, Beedsmore and many more.

Early Notables of the Birdmore family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Birdmore family to Ireland

Some of the Birdmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Birdmore family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Birdmore name or one of its variants: John Beardmore who arrived in Maryland in 1774.

Citations

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
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