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

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In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Birdwell has appeared as Birdoswald, Birdwald, Birdweld, Birdwell, Birdwood, Birdworth, Birdswood, Birdsworth, Beardwall, Beardwell, Berdwall, Berdwell, Beardwood, Beardworth and many more.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. This name has undergone many changes throughout the centuries. Conjecturally, the family name emerged from Birdswald, a Clan seated on Hadrian's Wall in Cumberland, at the station known as Amboglanna. The name was corrupted into Birdoswald, Birdwood, Birdworth, Birdswood, and Birdsworth.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birdwell research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1603 is included under the topic Early Birdwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Birdwell family in North America:

Birdwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Edwin Birdwell, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1910
  • Leroy Birdwell, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1920

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  • Brian D. Birdwell (b. 1961), American Republican politician from Granbury, Texas, Member of the Texas Senate from the 22nd district
  • Dan Birdwell (1940-1978), American college and professional AFL football player
  • Florence Gillam Birdwell, American educator, musician, and singer
  • George William Birdwell (1894-1932), American bank robber and outlaw, one of Pretty Boy Floyd's closest known associates
  • Zane Birdwell, American Grammy award-winning recording engineer, sound designer, and composer


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The Birdwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birdwell 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 June 2014 at 09:31.

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