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

The Irish surname Floyd begins was originally the Gaelic MacTuile, O Maoltuile, or Mac Maoltuile. "tuile" means "flood," and the names Tully and Flood were at one time interchangeable in Ireland. However, some of the Gaelic names that have become "flood" may have been mistranslations, and that contained the Gaelic "toile," meaning "toil," or "will." In Ulster, Floyd has sometimes been used as a spelling variant of Flood; however, Floyd is normally a cognate of the Welsh name Lloyd, derived from the word 'llwyd,' which means ‘grey.’

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Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Floyd family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Flood, Floyd, Floode, Floyde, Tully, MacTully,Talley, Tally and many more.

First found in Connacht, where they could be found since ancient times, and were hereditary physicians to the O'Connors of Galway.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Floyd research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1st., 1620 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Floyd 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 Floyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Floyd:

Floyd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Flag Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Nowell Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Melchesedick Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Rice Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • Tho Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1639


Floyd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Floyd, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Edward Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Morris Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Lawrence Floyd, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Martha Floyd, who arrived in Virginia in 1703


Floyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Floyd, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Margaret Floyd, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Benjamin Floyd, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • N J Floyd, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Nathan Floyd, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1850


Floyd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Richard Floyd U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 son on Honourable Richard Floyd

Floyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Floyd arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Floyd arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Floyd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • Harriet Floyd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • Jemima Floyd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840


Floyd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Floyd landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Floyd, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Caroline Floyd, aged 20, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Robert Floyd, aged 62, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Mary Floyd, aged 61, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872

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  • William Floyd (1734-1821), American signer of Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York
  • Bubba Floyd (1917-2000), American baseball player
  • Carlisle Floyd (b. 1926), American opera composer
  • Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd (1904-1934), American bank robber who operated in the Midwest and West South Central States in the 1930s
  • Cornelius Clifford "Cliff" Floyd Jr. (b. 1972), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Eddie Lee Floyd (b. 1937), American soul/R&B singer and songwriter
  • Elson S. Floyd (b. 1956), American educator, 10th president of Washington State University
  • George Rogers Clark Floyd (1810-1895), American politician and businessman, Secretary of Wisconsin Territory (1843 to 1846)
  • James John Floyd (1750-1783), American pioneer of the Midwestern United States
  • Malcom Floyd (b. 1981), American NFL football wide receiver from Sacramento, California

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  • Descendants of Col. Matthew Floyd, Loyalist of South Carolina and his Son Abraham Floyd by Marjorie Dodd Floyd.
  • The Box Book With McElroy and Floyd by Ophelia Richardson Wade.
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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: Vis unita fortior
Motto Translation: Strength united is the more powerful.

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  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 Co., 1992. Print.
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The Floyd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Floyd 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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