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Origins of the Bird surname

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What does the name Bird mean?

The origin of the Bird surname is English, with a history of being derived from a personal nickname. It has been found in records as early as the 1200s and is believed to have been given to those who had characteristics of a bird and their descendants. This could be a fine singing voice, particularly prominent nose or 'beak'. The Bird surname is most often found in the midlands and south of the country.

Alternative variations of the name Bird

Bird, Byrd, Burd, Burde, Birde

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Where do most Birds live?

In 1921, most Birds lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Birds

How common is your surname?

155th most common surname in the UK

We have 235,000 records for the Bird surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Birds most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Bird first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Birds

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Birds in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Birds in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer


Farm Labourer




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