Byart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Byart surname derives from the Old English words "bi," meaning "beside" and "yerd," meaning "enclosure." Thus the name is thought to have been originally used to describe someone who lived near a closed in yard. [1]

The Byatt variant has a slightly different derivation, "dweller by the gate," from the Old English "geat" or Middle English "yat, gate." [1]

Early Origins of the Byart family

The surname Byart was first found in Sussex, where Thomas Byerd, was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, 1296. [1] Byard's Leap is a small hamlet, west of Cranwell in Lincolnshire, which is associated with various legends. The hamlet is associated with the activities of the Knights Templar.

Bayard is a magic bay horse in the legends from 12th century Europe derived from the chansons de geste. He is renowned for his strong spirit and is able to adjust his size to his riders.

Nicholas Byate was found in Colchester, Essex in 1297 and later in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

Early History of the Byart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byart research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1557, 1625, 1602, 1638, 1642, 1643, 1561 and 1570 are included under the topic Early Byart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Byart Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Byart are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Byart include: Byart, Byard, Biard, Byatt and others.

Early Notables of the Byart family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Byart family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Byart or a variant listed above: Adam Byard, who arrived in Baltimore in 1736; Ann Byard, who arrived in Virginia in 1652; Edward Byard, who came to Virginia in 1658; Peter Byard, who settled in Maryland in 1684.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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