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Byas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Byas family chronicle reaches back into history to the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. The Byas 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.

Early Origins of the Byas family

The surname Byas 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.

Early History of the Byas family

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Byas Spelling Variations

Spelling variations occur frequently in Scottish names that date from the medieval era. They result from a general lack of grammatical rules and the tendency to spell names according to sound. Byas has been spelled Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.

Early Notables of the Byas family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Byas family to Ireland

Some of the Byas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Byas family to the New World and Oceana

In the 20th century, the ancestors of many of those Boernician-Scottish people still populate North America. They distributed themselves on either side of the border at the time of the War of Independence. United Empire Loyalists went north to Canada and those who wanted a new nation stayed south. Both groups went on to found great nations. Some of the first North American settlers with Byas name or one of its variants: Henry, Jacob, and Nicholas Byer who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1738 and 1844; Will Byers settled in Georgia in 1734; Alexander, Robert and John Byers arrived in Philadelphia between 1816 and 1867.

Contemporary Notables of the name Byas (post 1700)

  • Richard Reese Byas Jr. (b. 1950), American NFL football defensive back from the Atlanta Falcons (1974-1980)
  • Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas (1912-1972), American jazz tenor saxophonist, best known for his work with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, and Dizzy Gillespie
  • David Byas (b. 1963), English first-class cricketer from Middledale, Kilham, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historic Events for the Byas family

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  • Cyril William Byas, British Commander Executive Officer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he was wounded in the sinking

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