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The Birdsong surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places called Vogelsang in Germany.

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The surname Birdsong was first found in Pomerania, where the name acquired a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates in Prussia, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vogelsang, Vogelgesang, Vogelzang and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birdsong research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1837, 1793, 1741 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Birdsong History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birdsong Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Simon Vogelgesang, who came to Philadelphia in 1741; Johann Nickol Vogelgesang, who came to Philadelphia in 1750; Johann Vogelsang, who came to Winterhill, Massachusetts in 1777.

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The Birdsong Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birdsong 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.

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