The earliest origins of the Birds surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who worked as a bird catcher or someone who had birdlike characteristics.
Early Origins of the Birds family
The surname Birds 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
Early History of the Birds family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birds 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 Birds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birds Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Birds are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Birds include: Bird, Byrd, Byrde and others.
Early Notables of the Birds family (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 Birds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birds family to Ireland
Some of the Birds 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.
Migration of the Birds family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Birds or a variant listed above: Alice Bird who settled in Virginia in 1652; Richard Bird settled in Virginia in 1635; John Bird settled in Barbados in 1663; Susan Bird who settled in Virginia in 1642.
The Birds 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.