Last name origins & meanings:
- 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’
- Jewish: translation of various
Ashkenazic surnames meaning ‘bird’, as for example Vogel.
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