Birdwell Family History

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Birdwell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in South Yorkshire named Birdwell, from Old English bridd ‘bird’ + wella ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or from Bridwell in Devon or Bridewell in Wiltshire, the first element of which may be an Old English word, br¯d ‘surging’. The surname is now very rare in the British Isles.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bardwell, Bridwell, Bidwell, Kidwell, Birdsall, Barnwell, Sidwell

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Birdwell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Birdwell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Birdwell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Birdwell Family Origin

Where is the Birdwell family from?

Birdwell Family Occupations

What did your Birdwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Birdwell family was Laborer. The most common Birdwell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 55% of Birdwell's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Birdwell.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Birdwell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Birdwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Birdwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Birdwell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 391 immigration records available for the last name Birdwell. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Birdwell. For the veterans among your Birdwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Birdwell Life Expectancy

What is the average Birdwell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Birdwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Birdwell in 1943 was 52, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Birdwell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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