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

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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Byard, Byearde, Byatt, Byat, Byart, Boyde, Boid, Boyd and many more.

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 and Ayrshire. 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 in Ayrshire 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.


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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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Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


  • Margt Boyd, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Jas Boyd, aged 26, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Saml Boyd, who landed in America in 1804
  • Wm 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 settled in Conception Bay in 1706
  • Peter Boyd who settled in Conception Bay, Newfoundland in 1706

Boyd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Alex Boyd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Angus Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Anne Boyd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Cath Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary Boyd, who arrived 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


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  • 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
  • Robert M. Boyd, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1992

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  • The Boyds of Albany: Three Generations by Joanna B. Newton.
  • The Boyds of Boyds Tank by Frank Ewell Boyd.
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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: Confido
Motto Translation: Be trustful

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Boyd Clan Badge
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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...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Boyd
Boid, Boyd, Boyde, Boyt, Byard, Byart, Byat, Byatt, Byearde and more.

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  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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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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