The ancestors of the name Birse come from the proud Boernician
clans of the Scottish-English border region. The Birse 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. Topographic
surnames could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Birse family
The surname Birse 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 Birse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birse research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1392, 1534, 1593, 1653, 1639 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Birse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birse Spelling Variations
Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland
, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations
of Birse include Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.
Early Notables of the Birse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birse family to Ireland
Some of the Birse family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 Birse family to the New World and Oceana
The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan
societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Birses were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Birse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Birse, who landed in Arkansas in 1896 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)