Grandfather won his parrot in a card game. The parrot’s name is King George. King George was the King of England when the Patriots went to battle against English law. The Americans wanted to be able to govern their own country.
Grandfather's parrot's name is ironic because King George lost and America was formed as its own nation. In addition, grandfather was Captain William Farnsworth. He served under George Washington as a cook in the army. He loved being in the military and tries to promote his experience in his grandchild. The fact that his bird is named after the very King that had caused high taxation on American colonies is the irony of his name.