Sue Bird was born on October 16, 1980 in Long Island, New York. She is the younger of two children to Herschel and Nancy Bird. The original family name was "Boorda." In 2006, Bird acquired Israeli citizenship. She still maintains her citizenship in the United States.  Sue’s role model as a young child was her older sister Jen. Jen did a lot of recreation stuff to stay active.  Out of all the activities, Sue’s favorite was basketball. Sue also played soccer, tennis, and track.  Sue became a very good player and started playing AAU basketball in the sixth grade.