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The Boyd surname in Scotland
is a habitational name, deriving from name of the island of Bute
("Bod," in Gaelic) located in the Firth of Clyde. There was also a family of this name of Norman origin, that was first found in Shropshire
where they were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy.
The surname Boyd was first found in Ayrshire
, where the first record of the name is Dominus Robertus de Boyd, who witnessed a contract in Irvine, Ayrshire, in 1205. The earliest Boyds were said to be vassals of the De Morevilles in the regality of Largs, and may have originally come north with them from England
. Family lore suggests that the surname descends from the family of Walter Fitz Alan, scion of Royal Stewarts of Scotland
, who moved his family north to Scotland, became the 1st High Steward of Scotland
(c.1150-1177) and held lands in Renfrewshire
. He had a son Simon, who had a son named Robert, who was blond; the Gaelic for which is "buidhe." Records show that a Robert Boyd was a hero at the Battle of Largs in 1263. The Clan
built Kilmarnock Castle (renamed Dean Castle, in 1700) in Ayrshire, and it was the primary seat of the Boyd family for over 400 years. Perhaps the aforementioned Robert de Boyt, a tenant
rendered homage to English King Edward I
in 1296, and was later taken prisoner, in 1306, while assisting Robert the Bruce in the latter's successful attempt to gain control of Scotland
. His brother Duncan Boyd was hanged in that same year for his support of Robert the Bruce. A descendant of this Robert Boyd was made Sir Robert Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd in 1454. Lord Boyd became Regent of Scotland
for the infant King James III in 1460. In 1468, Boyd negotiated the marriage between the young King James III, and the daughter of the King of Norway and Denmark, thus acquiring control of the Shetland
Isles and the Orkneys for Scotland. He was appointed Great Chamberlain for life and Lord Justice General in 1467. But, Lord Boyd fell out of favor with the Royal James family, was found guilty of treason, and fled to Alnwick, Northumberland.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Byard, Byearde, Byatt, Byat, Byart, Boyde, Boid, Boyd and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyd research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1549, 1580, 1646, 1692, 1661, 1704, 1746, 1746, 1758, 1508, 1654, 1717, 1704, 1746, 1912, 1903 and 1991 are included under the topic Early Boyd History in all our PDF Extended History products
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Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Alexander Boyd, 3rd Lord Boyd (died 1508) Scottish noble; James Boyd, 9th Lord Boyd (died 1654), a Scottish noble who adhered to the Royalist cause during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms; William...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Boyd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Boyd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alexander Boyd, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
Boyd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Martha Boyd, who landed in Massachusetts in 1712
- Jean Boyd, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
- Adam Boyd, who arrived in New England in 1723
- Archibald Boyd, who arrived in New England in 1742
- Dougal Boyd, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
Boyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Margaret Boyd, who arrived in America in 1804
- James Boyd, aged 26, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
- Samuel Boyd, who landed in America in 1804
- William Boyd, who arrived in America in 1804
- Charles, Boyd Sr., who landed in South Carolina in 1806
Boyd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Peter Boyd who settled in Conception Bay, Newfoundland in 1706
- Peter Boyd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- James Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Boyd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
- John Boyd, aged 7, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Mary Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Mary Boyd, aged 4, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Alex Boyd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
Boyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Boyd, a stone-mason, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Robert Boyd, a brewer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Boyd, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Ellen Boyd, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- John Boyd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
Boyd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Boyd landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Alexander Boyd arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
- J. Boyd a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
- John Boyd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Samuel S. Boyd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- Jim Boyd (1956-2016), American singer-songwriter, actor and founder of The Jim Boyd Band
- Karen Johnson Boyd (1924-2016), American art dealer, collector and billionaire heiress, daughter of Herbert Fisk Johnson, Jr
- Brigadier-General Leonard Russell Boyd (1891-1977), American Assistant Commanding General 93rd Division (1943-1946)
- Queen Victoria C. Boyd, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
- Randy Boyd, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
- Robert Boyd Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1779-81
- Robert Boyd, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1785-86, 1793-94
- Robert Boyd (1833-1901), American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1867; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1875; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 9th District, 1876
- Robert Boyd, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
- Robert Byron Boyd (1864-1941), American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Maine, 1897-1908; Maine Republican State Chair, 1908
- Mr. Edward Boyd, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. Reginald M.† Boyd (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
- Mr. David William Boyd (1917-1941), Australian Acting Leading Sick Berth Attendant from Sale, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. David Wilson Boyd (1920-1942), Irish Marine from Ireland, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942
- Mr. John Montgomery Boyd, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- Miss Margaret L. Boyd, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. Fullerton Rimmer Boyd, English Boots Steward from Waterloo, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. John Boyd (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- The Boyds of Albany: Three Generations by Joanna B. Newton.
- The Boyds of Boyds Tank by Frank Ewell Boyd.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
|Boyd Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... MoreSepts of the Distinguished Name Boyd
Boid, Boyd, Boyde, Boyt, Byard, Byart, Byat, Byatt, Byearde and more
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
- Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
- Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
- Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
- Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
- Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
- Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
- Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
The Boyd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyd 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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