The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
produced the name of Byrde. It was given to a person who worked as a bird catcher or someone who had birdlike characteristics.
Early Origins of the Byrde family
The surname Byrde 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 Byrde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrde 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 Byrde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Byrde Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Byrde has appeared include Bird, Byrd, Byrde and others.
Early Notables of the Byrde 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 Byrde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byrde family to Ireland
Some of the Byrde 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 Byrde family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Byrde arrived in North America very early: 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 Byrde 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.