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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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Where is the Bird family from?

You can see how Bird families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bird family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bird families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 3,581 Bird families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Bird's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bird families in 1891.
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What did your Bird ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bird. 7% of Bird men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Bird women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bird were Farm Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Farm Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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