The surname Byrd is of English origin. It is a variation of the surname Bird. It is derived from the Middle English ‘bird’, ‘brid’, nestling, young bird ( Old English ‘bridd’ ); applied as a nickname, ‘the bird’, perhaps from the singing propensities of the original bearer – ‘He sings like a bird’. It could also be a metonymic occupational name for a bird catcher. It may also be derived from the Middle English ‘burde’, maiden, girl, applied as a mocking nickname. The Irish have used the name as a variation of the name Heneghan, itself an anglicized form of the Gaelic name O’Eidhneachain, a personal name of uncertain origin; the name being used as a result of the association of the Gaelic name with ‘ean’, bird. It has also been used by Jewish people as a translation of Hebrew surnames meaning ‘Bird’, such as, for example Vogel. The name dates back to the eleventh century were a William Brid is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America by English immigrants. One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America is that of … Coat of arms: Quarterly of six, 1 and 6 argent, a cross flory between four martlets gules, a canton azure; 2. a lion rampant a…
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