Bertha Elizabeth Bird

Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom

The Life of Bertha Elizabeth

When Bertha Elizabeth Bird was born in 1879, in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom, her father, John Bird, was 27 and her mother, Fanny Eliza Moulton, was 27. She married John Ashton in 1897, in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Llanwonno, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom in 1891.

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John Ashton
Bertha Elizabeth Bird
Marriage: 1897
Thomas John Ashton

Spouse and Children

Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom


    Thomas John Ashton


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 5

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1890 · Welsh Industry Affected by U.S Tariff 

Age 11

In 1890, President McKinley and Congress passed the McKinley Tariff, which have had direct effect on Southern Wales. All foreign exports were taxed, including tinplates from the iron and copper mines in Wales.

Age 35

Outbreak of World War I. UK enters hostilities against Germany. Grueling trench warfare in Belgium and France.

Name Meaning

1 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.2 Irish: Anglicization of Gaelic Ó hÉanacháin or Ó hÉinigh, in which the first element (after Ó) has been taken as Gaelic éan ‘bird’ ( see Heneghan ).3 Jewish: translation of various Ashkenazic surnames meaning ‘bird’, as for example Vogel .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Bertha Bird in household of John Bird, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • Bertha Bird in household of Jno Bird, "England and Wales Census, 1891"

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