Boyde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The illustrious surname Boyde 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.

Other local 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. Boyde 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 of Oswestry 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, means yellow.

Early Origins of the Boyde family

The surname Boyde was first found in Shropshire where Alan, Baron of Oswestry (c. 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.

Early History of the Boyde family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyde research. Another 224 words (16 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 Boyde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boyde Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Boyde family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Boyde family to Ireland

Some of the Boyde 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.

United States Boyde migration to the United States +

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Boyde, or a variant listed above:

Boyde Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Boyde, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
Boyde Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Boyde, aged 7, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 [1]
  • Dan Boyde, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1805 [1]
  • Eliza Boyde, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 [1]
  • James Boyde, aged 38, who landed in New York, NY in 1805 [1]
  • Jane Boyde, aged 11, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Boyde migration to Australia +

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

Boyde Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Mary Boyde, (b. 1831), aged 18, Irish house maid who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Australasia" on 26th June 1849, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Boyde 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:

Boyde Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Boyde, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877

Contemporary Notables of the name Boyde (post 1700) +

  • Robert Boyde Gartrell (b. 1962), former Australian cricketer who played from 1984 to 1987

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Edward Boyde, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [3]

The Boyde Motto +

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: Confido
Motto Translation: I confide.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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