Herschel And Nancy Bird Are Sue Bird's Parents
Sue Bird is the daughter of a Jewish father and a mother who is not Jewish.
She was born in Syosset, New York. Her mother, Nancy Bird, worked as a nurse at Syosset High School. Her father, Herschel Bird, is a doctor specializing in cardiac rehabilitation.
At the time of their immigration to the United States in the early 1900s from Ukraine, Herschel's parents went by the name "Boorda," but they changed it to "Bird" at Ellis Island.
Sue's father uprooted the family and moved them to Queens, New York, while she was a senior in high school, so she might try out for a more competitive team. During her junior year, her parents filed for divorce.
Sue has an elder sister named Jen. Her first exposure to the game was at a New York Knicks game when she was six years old. Bird wanted to get started in the sport because she wished to be like her sister.