Boyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Boyd surname in Scotland is a habitational name, deriving from name of the island of Bute ("Bod," in Gaelic) located in the Firth of Clyde. There was also a family of this name of Norman origin, that was first found in Shropshire where they were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy.

Early Origins of the Boyd family

The surname Boyd was first found in Ayrshire, where the first record of the name is Dominus Robertus de Boyd, who witnessed a contract in Irvine, Ayrshire, in 1205. The earliest Boyds were said to be vassals of the De Morevilles in the regality of Largs, and may have originally come north with them from England.

"Boyd, Gael, boidh, fair, or yellow haired. A nephew of Walter, first highsteward of Scotland, c. 1160, was known by this appellation, and was an the Lords Boyd, Earls of Arran, and lords Kilmarnoch-a family conspicuous in Scottish history, and now represented by the earl of Errol." [1]

Family lore suggests that the surname descends from the family of Walter Fitz Alan, scion of Royal Stewarts of Scotland, who moved his family north to Scotland, became the 1st High Steward of Scotland (c.1150-1177) and held lands in Renfrewshire and Ayrshire. He had a son Simon, who had a son named Robert, who was blond; the Gaelic for which is "buidhe." Records show that a Robert Boyd was a hero at the Battle of Largs in 1263.

The Clan built Kilmarnock Castle (renamed Dean Castle, in 1700) in Ayrshire, and it was the primary seat of the Boyd family for over 400 years. It is presumed that the aforementioned Robert de Boyt, a tenant in Ayrshire rendered homage to English King Edward I in 1296 was later taken prisoner in 1306, while assisting Robert the Bruce in the latter's successful attempt to gain control of Scotland. His brother Duncan Boyd was hanged in that same year for his support of Robert the Bruce. [2]

A descendant of this Robert Boyd was made Sir Robert Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd in 1454. Lord Boyd became Regent of Scotland for the infant King James III in 1460. In 1468, Boyd negotiated the marriage between the young King James III, and the daughter of the King of Norway and Denmark, thus acquiring control of the Shetland Isles and the Orkneys for Scotland. He was appointed Great Chamberlain for life and Lord Justice General in 1467. But, Lord Boyd fell out of favor with the Royal James family, was found guilty of treason, and fled to Alnwick, Northumberland.

Important Dates for the Boyd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyd research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1549, 1580, 1646, 1692, 1661, 1704, 1746, 1746, 1758, 1469, 1454, 1590, 1544, 1578, 1627, 1469, 1508, 1654, 1717, 1704, 1746, 1912, 1903 and 1991 are included under the topic Early Boyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boyd Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Byard, Byearde, Byatt, Byat, Byart, Boyde, Boid, Boyd and many more.

Early Notables of the Boyd family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Lord Robert Boyd (d. 1469?), Scotch statesman, eldest son of Sir Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock, was created a peer of parliament by James II by the title of Lord Boyd, and took his seat on 18 July 1454; Robert Boyd, 4th Lord Boyd, (d. 1590), son of Robert the third lord who defeated the Earl of Glencairn at Glasgow in 1544; Robert Boyd of Trochrig (1578-1627), Scottish theological writer, the eldest son of James Boyd, Archbishop of Glasgow...
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Migration of the Boyd family to Ireland

Some of the Boyd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boyd migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boyd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander Boyd, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [3]
Boyd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martha Boyd, who landed in Massachusetts in 1712 [3]
  • Jean Boyd, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [3]
  • Adam Boyd, who arrived in New England in 1723 [3]
  • Archibald Boyd, who arrived in New England in 1742 [3]
  • Dougal Boyd, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [3]
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Boyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Boyd, who arrived in America in 1804 [3]
  • James Boyd, aged 26, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [3]
  • Samuel Boyd, who landed in America in 1804 [3]
  • William Boyd, who arrived in America in 1804 [3]
  • Charles, Boyd Sr., who landed in South Carolina in 1806 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Boyd migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boyd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter Boyd who settled in Conception Bay, Newfoundland in 1706 [4]
  • Peter Boyd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Boyd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • John Boyd, aged 7, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary Boyd, aged 4, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Alex Boyd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
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Boyd migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Boyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Boyd, a stone-mason, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Robert Boyd, a brewer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Boyd, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Ellen Boyd, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • John Boyd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [7]
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Boyd migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boyd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Boyd, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Boyd, Australian settler travelling from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria aboard the ship "Earl Stanhope" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [8]
  • Mrs. Boyd, Australian settler travelling from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria aboard the ship "Earl Stanhope" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [8]
  • Mr. William Boyd, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [8]
  • Alexander Boyd, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Boyd (post 1700)

  • Neal Evans Boyd (1975-2018), American pop opera singer, best known as being the winner of the third season of America's Got Talent; he died at the age of 42 from liver disease
  • Robert Dean "Bobby" Boyd (1937-2017), American National Football League (NFL) cornerback for the Baltimore Colts (1960–1968)
  • Jim Boyd (1956-2016), American singer-songwriter, actor and founder of The Jim Boyd Band
  • Karen Johnson Boyd (1924-2016), American art dealer, collector and billionaire heiress, daughter of Herbert Fisk Johnson, Jr
  • Brigadier-General Leonard Russell Boyd (1891-1977), American Assistant Commanding General 93rd Division (1943-1946) [9]
  • James Boyd (1888-1944), American novelist
  • Eliza Stewart Boyd (1833-1912), first woman in America ever selected to serve on a jury
  • Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972), American Arctic explorer [10]
  • William Clouser Boyd (1903-1983), American biochemist
  • Albert Boyd, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1888 [11]
  • ... (Another 153 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Boyd family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Edward Boyd, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Reginald M.  Boyd (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [13]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. David William Boyd (1917-1941), Australian Acting Leading Sick Berth Attendant from Sale, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. David Wilson Boyd (1920-1942), Irish Marine from Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942 [15]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Montgomery Boyd, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas Alexander Boyd (d. 1939), British Supply Assistant with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Margaret L. Boyd, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Fullerton Rimmer Boyd, English Boots Steward from Waterloo, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Boyd (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Charles Andrew Boyd, American Carpenter's Mate Third Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 22) Leonard Boyd. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Boyd/Leonard_Russell/USA.html
  10. ^ Louise Boyd. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Louise Boyd. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Boyd
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  19. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  21. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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