Byearde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Byearde 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 Byearde family

The surname Byearde 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 Byearde family

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

Byearde Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Byearde include Byart, Byard, Biard, Byatt and others.

Early Notables of the Byearde family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Byearde family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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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