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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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  2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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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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