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The name Burd comes from a name for a person who worked as a bird catcher or someone who had birdlike characteristics.

Burd Early Origins



The surname Burd 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 in 1066.

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Burd Spelling Variations


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Burd Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Burd include Bird, Byrd, Byrde and others.

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Burd Early History


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Burd Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burd 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 Burd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Burd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Burd Early Notables (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 Burd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Burd In Ireland


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Burd In Ireland



Some of the Burd 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Burd or a variant listed above:

Burd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Symon Burd, aged 20, arrived in America in 1635
  • Tho Burd, aged 16, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Burd, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Nath Burd, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • John Burd, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Burd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Burd, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Margaret Burd, who landed in Virginia in 1724

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Contemporary Notables of the name Burd (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Burd (post 1700)



  • Theodore Burd, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1937
  • James M. Burd, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives 12th District; Elected 1980
  • Harry M. Burd, American politician, Burgess of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, 1929
  • H. Floyd Burd, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1948, 1956 (alternate), 1960, 1964; Chair of Wyoming County Democratic Party, 1955
  • George B. Burd, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate 50th District, 1911-12; Defeated, 1922
  • George Burd (1793-1844), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1831-35
  • James M. Burd (b. 1931), American politician, Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1977-1990)
  • George Burd (1793-1844), American Anti-Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Edward Burd (1749-1833), American Revolutionary War officer in Pennsylvania
  • James Burd (1726-1793), colonial American soldier in the French and Indian War
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Burd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Burd 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 16 June 2016 at 21:18.

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