Beyers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Behind the name Beyers is a story that begins in the ancient Scottish-English border region among the clans of the Boernician tribe. The Beyers 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.

Alternatively, the name could have been Norman in origin originating a "the chateau of Biars in the canton of Isigni, La Manche, Normandy. " [1]

Early Origins of the Beyers family

The surname Beyers 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 Beyers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beyers research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1392, 1534, 1593, 1653, 1639, 1694, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Beyers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beyers Spelling Variations

Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Beyers has appeared under the variations Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.

Early Notables of the Beyers family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Nicholas Byer (d. 1681), Norwegian painter, a native of Drontheim in Norway. He practised portrait and historical painting, and...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beyers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Beyers family to Ireland

Some of the Beyers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 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 Beyers family

The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Beyers were among those contributors: 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.



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


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