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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bird
  1. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2)."That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird." [Shak.]"The bryddsbirds] of the aier have nestes." [Tyndale (Matt. viii. 20).]
  2. [Zoöl] A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.
  3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
  4. Fig.: A girl; a maiden."And by my word! the bonny bird In danger shall not tarry." [Campbell.]

Etymology: OE. brid bred bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd young bird. √92

verb Bird
  1. To catch or shoot birds.
  2. Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve.(R)
  3. to watch birds, especially in their natural habitats, for enjoyment; to birdwatch.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
  2. Badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
  3. A cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
  4. The flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
  5. Informal terms for a (young) woman
  6. Watch and study birds in their natural habitat
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Bird

Bird is a j-pop, jazz, rhythm, blues, and pop music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present.


Bird Averitt is a basketball player for the Buffalo Braves, San Antonio Spurs, Kentucky Colonels, Los Angeles Clippers, and Brooklyn Nets. He was most active from 1973 to 1978. Bird was born on July 22nd, 1952 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.


Bird was born on October 9th, 1867. He breathed his last breath on June 12th, 1941.


Bird Millman was a tightrope walking and tightrope walker. Bird was given the name Jennadean Engleman on October 20th, 1890 in Cañon City, Colorado, U.S. Bird is also known as Engleman and Jennadean. She left this life on August 5th, 1940.


Bird Segle McGuire was a Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Territory of Oklahoma's At-large district and Delegate to theU.S. House of RepresentativesfromTerritory of Oklahoma'sAt-large district. He was most prominent from 1907 to 1915. Bird was born on October 13th, 1865 in Belleville, Illinois. He died on November 9th, 1930.


Bird J. Vincent was a lawyer. He was most prominent from 1923 to 1931. Bird was born on March 6th, 1880 in Brandon Township, Michigan. He breathed his last breath on July 18th, 1931.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bird

Larry Bird is a basketball player for the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 1979 to 1992. Larry was born on December 7th, 1956 in West Baden Springs, Indiana.


Brad Bird is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, and producer. He was most active from 1979 to present. Brad was given the name Phillip Bradley Bird on September 24th, 1957 in Kalispell, Montana, U.S.


Andrew Bird is an indie rock, indie folk, folk rock, and baroque pop musician. He plays Voice, whistling, violin, guitar, glockenspiel, and Vocal music. His ongoing career started in 1996. Andrew was born on July 11th, 1973 in Lake Forest, Illinois, United States.


Simon Bird is an actor. He has been prominent since 2000. Simon was given the name Simon Antony Bird on August 19th, 1984 in Guildford.


Sue Bird is a basketball player for the Seattle Storm, Dynamo Moscow (women's basketball), WBC Spartak Moscow Region, and UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Women's National Basketball Association. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Sue was born on October 16th, 1980 in Syosset, New York.


Big Bird is a fictional character. Big is also known as Grandsonny, a nickname given to him by his Granny Bird, Bird, by his best friend, Mr. Snuffleupagus, and a nickname given to him by hisGranny Bird.


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Popularity of Bird as a last name

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Common last names for Bird

  • Smith
  • Harris
  • Brown

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bird U.S.
  White 87.79% 64.26%
  African American 3.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.94% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bird

People with the last name Bird are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bird

  • How Popular is the name Bird? Bird is the 24,979th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bird was the 1,041st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bird have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 230 babies born with the first name Bird in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bird to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bird? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Bird first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bird is Tuesday, September 7th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Bird born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bird was in 1888 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bird: Your name in reverse order is Drib. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dibr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bird? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 33,457 people with the last name Bird.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bird? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Bird as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.