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
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
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Birse Spelling Variations
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.
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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
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