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Byrd Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant of Bird .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Burd, Bird, Tyre, Byus, Hird, Gard, Eyre, Lynd, Bury, Byrn

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Where is the Byrd family from?

You can see how Byrd families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Byrd family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Byrd families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 68 Byrd families living in Virginia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Byrd's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Byrd families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Byrd surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Byrd ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Byrd. 22% of Byrd men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Byrd women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Byrd were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Laborer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 186,000 census records available for the last name Byrd. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Byrd 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Byrd. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 61,000 military records available for the last name Byrd. For the veterans among your Byrd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Byrd lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Byrd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Byrd in 1940 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

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