Bires was first used as a surname by the descendents of the ancient Boernician
clans of Scotland
. The Bires family lived in or near the place named Byers in Scotland. The place-name, Byers, derives from the Old English word byre,
which means cattle shed.
Thus, Byers is of two derivations, topographical and habitational. Topographic
surnames could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Bires family
The surname Bires was first found in East Lothian
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. One of the first records of the name related to the place name as in David de Lindsay the younger, also called David Lindsay of the Byres (died 1279), a 13th century Scottish knight and crusader. Today, Byres Road is a famous street located in Hillhead, Glasgow.
Early History of the Bires family
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Bires Spelling Variations
In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations
of Bires include Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.
Early Notables of the Bires family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bires family to Ireland
Some of the Bires family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bires family to the New World and Oceana
In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan
societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Biress to arrive on North American shores: Henry, Jacob, and Nicholas Byer who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1738 and 1844; Will Byers settled in Georgia in 1734; Alexander, Robert and John Byers arrived in Philadelphia between 1816 and 1867.