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The illustrious surname Boyd is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames
. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Boyd is a place-name from in England
from early times. But the name arrived from Brittany
about the time of the Norman Conquest
. As the story goes, Alan, Baron
arrived from Dol in Brittany
with his three sons, William, Walter, and Simon. Walter, Simon and Simon's son Robert Buidhe moved north to Scotland
. It is thought that the as the son's hair was blond his name was so coined. In fact, the Gaelic word buidhe,
The surname Boyd was first found in Shropshire
where Alan, Baron
1078- c. 1114) arrived from Dol in Brittany
with his three sons, William, Walter, and Simon. Walter moved north to Scotland
and became scion of the first Royal Stewart house of Scotland
. Simon followed and his son being blond was named Robert Buidhe which was eventually to become Boyd. The Stewarts granted their cousins, the Boyds, extensive lands in Scotland.
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Boyd, Boyde, Boid, Boyt, McElwee and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyd research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1306, 1460, 1467, 1549, 1550, 1580, 1646, 1661, 1692, 1704, and 1746 are included under the topic Early Boyd History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Boyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Boyd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Boyd, or a variant listed above:
Boyd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alexander Boyd, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
Boyd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Martha Boyd, who landed in Massachusetts in 1712
- Jean Boyd, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
- Adam Boyd, who arrived in New England in 1723
- Archibald Boyd, who arrived in New England in 1742
- Dougal Boyd, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
Boyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Margaret Boyd, who arrived in America in 1804
- James Boyd, aged 26, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
- Samuel Boyd, who landed in America in 1804
- William Boyd, who arrived in America in 1804
- Charles, Boyd Sr., who landed in South Carolina in 1806
Boyd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Peter Boyd who settled in Conception Bay, Newfoundland in 1706
- 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, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Mary Boyd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Mary Boyd, aged 4, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Alex Boyd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
Boyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Boyd, a stone-mason, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Robert Boyd, a brewer, arrived in Van Diemenís 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
- Ellen Boyd, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- John Boyd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
Boyd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Boyd landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Alexander Boyd arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
- J. Boyd a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
- John Boyd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Samuel S. Boyd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- 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)
- Queen Victoria C. Boyd, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
- Randy Boyd, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
- Robert Boyd Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1779-81
- Robert Boyd, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1785-86, 1793-94
- Robert Boyd (1833-1901), American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1867; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1875; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 9th District, 1876
- Robert Boyd, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
- Robert Byron Boyd (1864-1941), American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Maine, 1897-1908; Maine Republican State Chair, 1908
- Mr. Edward Boyd, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. Reginald M.† Boyd (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
- Mr. David William Boyd (1917-1941), Australian Acting Leading Sick Berth Attendant from Sale, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. David Wilson Boyd (1920-1942), Irish Marine from Ireland, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942
- Mr. John Montgomery Boyd, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- Miss Margaret L. Boyd, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. Fullerton Rimmer Boyd, English Boots Steward from Waterloo, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. John Boyd (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- The Boyds of Albany: Three Generations by Joanna B. Newton.
- The Boyds of Boyds Tank by Frank Ewell Boyd.
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:
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
The Boyd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyd 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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