Show ContentsByerly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Byerly comes from the family having resided in Brierley, a township in the parish of Felkirk, West Riding, Yorkshire. [1] Brierley-Hill is a a district chapelry, in the parish of King's Swinford, union of Stourbridge, N. division of the hundred of Seisdon in Staffordshire. [2]

Early Origins of the Byerly family

The surname Byerly was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where the first record of the family was John de Brerelay who was listed as a Freemen of York, 13 Richard II (in the thirteenth year of King Richard II's reign.) [1]

Early History of the Byerly family

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Byerly Spelling Variations

Byerly has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Brierley, Brierly, Briarly, Briarley, Bryerly and others.

Early Notables of the Byerly family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Brereley or Brierley (1586-1637), English divine and poet, born on 4 Aug. 1586, at Marland, then a hamlet in the parish of Rochdale, where Thomas Brereley, his father, and Roger, his grandfather, were farmers. "The name is spelled in many ways, but it seems best to adhere to the form which constantly recurs in the Rochdale baptismal register, as this undoubtedly represents the right pronunciation...
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Byerly Ranking

In the United States, the name Byerly is the 7,352nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Byerly migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Byerlys to arrive on North American shores:

Byerly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Michael Byerly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [4]
  • Elizabeth Byerly, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763 [4]
  • Christr Byerly, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [4]
Byerly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Byerly, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Jacob Byerly, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County,Pennsylvania in 1826 [4]
  • Samuel Byerly, who arrived in New York, NY in 1835 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Byerly (post 1700) +

  • Perry Byerly, American chairman of the Technical Panel for Seismology and Gravity of the U.S. National Committee for the International Geophysical Year, eponym of Mount Byerly, Antarctica
  • Kathleen M. Byerly (1944-1975), the first female officer in the United States Navy to be appointed flag secretary and aide to an admiral, Time Person of the Year in 1975
  • Chester H. Byerly (1918-1984), American politician, Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1973 to 1974)
  • Josh Byerly, American public affairs officer and spokesman for NASA based at the Johnson Space Center
  • Eldred William "Bud" Byerly (1920-2012), American Major League Baseball pitcher

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook