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The Byat 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.

Byat Early Origins



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

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Byat Spelling Variations


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Byat Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Byat family name include Byart, Byard, Biard, Byatt and others.

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Byat Early History


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Byat Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byat research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1557, 1561, 1570, 1574, 1602, 1625, 1638, 1642, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Byat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Byat Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Byat Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Byat surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Byat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Byat 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 June 2011 at 09:42.

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