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The annals of Scottish history suggest that the ancestors of the name Byars lived among the Boernician tribe of the Scottish-English border region. The Byars 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.

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The surname Byars 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.

In the Middles Ages scribes spelled names by their sound. Often a name was written under a different spelling variation each time it was recorded. Byars has appeared as Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byars 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 Byars History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Byars Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Byars 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.

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The ancestors of Boernician-Scottish settlers dot North America even today. They settled all along the east coast when they came over, but some went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence. However, these strong lines endured as Scottish families in the United States and Canada have rediscovered much of the heritage that was taken from them centuries ago. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Byars, or a variant listed above:

Byars Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W.A. Byars, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Byars Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs Byars, aged 30, who settled in America from Johnston, in 1900
  • James Byars, aged 1, who landed in America from Johnston, in 1900
  • Malcolm Byars, aged 35, who landed in America from Kilmarnock, in 1900
  • Geo. Byars, aged 26, who landed in America from Edzell, Scotland, in 1904
  • Robert Byars, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
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  • Dennis Byars (b. 1940), American politician, Nebraska state senator
  • Mel Byars (b. 1938), American design historian
  • Keith Alan Byars (b. 1963), American sports broadcaster, former American NFL football player
  • Betsy Cromer Byars (b. 1928), American Edgar Award winning author of children's books
  • Derrick JaVaughn Byars (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
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  • Byars Family History: With Information or Records on...Allied Lines by Nell Byars Thaten.
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    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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