The surname Bride 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 hist… 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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