The Twitter bird icon – that little guy on the right of this screen – is starting to make appearances pretty much everywhere. Websites, blogs, newspapers, posters, TV shows, movies, commercials… he certainly gets around.

Most of us probably feel like we know him pretty well. But, when you think about it, we don’t even know his name. We don’t even know if he has a name. Heck, we don’t even know if he is a he.

Well, he is. And his name is…

Larry.

Yep, Larry the bird. Or rather, Larry Bird. More on that in a minute.

Larry’s name was confirmed by Twitter in a tweet made a few months ago.

As you can see, Twitter clearly refers to the bird as Larry (in parentheses).

Why that name? This guy:

Okay, that’s not 100% confirmed, but it seems extremely likely. I mean, come on, it’s absolutely perfect – not only does it fit brilliantly, but Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was born and raised in Boston. That has to be the reason for the name.

We’ve also heard rumours of Larry T. Bird (i.e., Larry Twitter Bird), so we’ve reached out to Twitter for an official comment. Until then, and no matter what the reason, the Twitter bird’s name is definitely Larry. Pay your respects.