Bird Family History

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Bird Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English bird, brid ‘nestling’, ‘young bird’ (Old English bridd), applied as a nickname or perhaps occasionally as a metonymic occupational name for a bird catcher. The metathesized form is first found in the Northumbrian dialect of Middle English, but the surname is more common in central and southern England. It may possibly also be derived from Old English burde ‘maiden’, ‘girl’, applied as a derisory nickname. Irish: Anglicization of Gaelic Ó hÉanacháin or Ó hÉinigh, in which the first element (after Ó) has been taken as Gaelic éan ‘bird’ (see Heneghan). Jewish: translation of various Ashkenazic surnames meaning ‘bird’, as for example Vogel.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bard, Kidd, Bald, Budd, Baird, Biss, Burd, Lind, Birk, Wire

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Bird Family Origin

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Bird Family Occupations

What did your Bird ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bird occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Bird's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bird. A less common occupation for the Bird family was Coal Miner.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bird ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bird Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 741,000 census records available for the last name Bird. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bird census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 58,000 immigration records available for the last name Bird. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 80,000 military records available for the last name Bird. For the veterans among your Bird ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bird Life Expectancy

What is the average Bird lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bird life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bird in 1942 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bird ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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