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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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The surname Floyd was first found in Connacht, where they could be found since ancient times, and were hereditary physicians to the O'Connors of Galway.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Floyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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  • Elson Floyd (1956-2015), American educator, 10th President of Washington State University (since 2007)
  • Charles Floyd (1782-1804), American explorer, quartermaster in the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Raymond Loran "Ray" Floyd (b. 1942), American professional PGA golfer
  • Malcom Floyd (b. 1981), American NFL football wide receiver from Sacramento, California
  • James John Floyd (1750-1783), American pioneer of the Midwestern United States
  • George Rogers Clark Floyd (1810-1895), American politician and businessman, Secretary of Wisconsin Territory (1843 to 1846)
  • Eddie Lee Floyd (b. 1937), American soul/R&B singer and songwriter
  • Cornelius Clifford "Cliff" Floyd Jr. (b. 1972), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • R. L. Floyd, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 7th District, 1902
  • Raymond G. Floyd, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Cleveland, Ohio, 1910-14
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Floyd Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Harold James  Floyd (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Charles Floyd (b. 1920), Scottish Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    7. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
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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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