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Where did the English Byard family come from? What is the English Byard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Byard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Byard family history?

The Byard surname derives from the Old English words "bi," meaning "beside" and "yerd," meaning "enclosure." Thus the name is thought to have been originally used to describe someone who lived near a closed in yard.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Byard include Byart, Byard, Biard, Byatt and others.

First found in Sussex, where Thomas Byerd, was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, 1296. Byard's Leap is a small hamlet, west of Cranwell in Lincolnshire, which is associated with various legends.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byard research. Another 321 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1557, 1561, 1570, 1574, 1602, 1625, 1638, 1642, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Byard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Byard or a variant listed above:

Byard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann Byard, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Edward Byard, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Byard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Byard, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1736

Byard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • M Byard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871

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  • Jaki Byard (1922-1999), American jazz pianist
  • Paul Byard (1939-2008), American lawyer and architect
  • Paul Byard (1939-2008), American lawyer and an architect
  • Sir Thomas Byard (d. 1800), English Naval commander, who fought at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 in the French Revolutionary Wars, and eponym of a Royal Navy WWII Frigate
  • Joey Byard (b. 1975), English professional footballer


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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Byard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Byard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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