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Byers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The roots of the Byers family are in the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. The Byers 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 Byers family


The surname Byers 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 Byers family


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Byers Spelling Variations


Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. Byers has been spelled Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.

Early Notables of the Byers family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Byers family to Ireland


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


Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Byers or a variant listed above:

Byers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Will Byers, who settled in Georgia in 1734

Byers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Byers, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Robert Byers, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • C. Byers, who settled in Baltimore in 1822
  • David D Byers, who landed in New York, NY in 1830 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Byers, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Byers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lt. William Byers U.E. who settled in Charlottenburgh, Glengarry Township, Ontario c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Byers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. William Byers, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sesostris" departing 14th May 1847 from Londonderry, Ireland; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but he died on board [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 67)
  • Mr. William Byers who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Herald" departing 20th May 1847 from Dublin, Ireland; the ship arrived on 16th June 1847 but he died on board [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 67)
  • Helena Byers, who landed in Manitoba in 1880

Byers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Byers, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839CityOfAdelaide.htm
  • John Byers, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • Margaret Byers, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • William Byers, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • Christina Byers, aged 31, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Byers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Byers, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
  • John Byers, aged 24, a ploughman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Ann Byers, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Byers (post 1700)


  • Verne Byers (1918-2008), born Vincent LeRoy Beyer, an American bandleader and promoter, known for having brought The Beatles to Denver
  • Nina Byers (b. 1930), American theoretical physicist, Research Professor and Professor of Physics emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA
  • John Winford Byers (1875-1966), American architect who worked almost exclusively in Santa Monica, California
  • Horace Robert Byers (1906-1998), American meteorologist who pioneered in aviation meteorology
  • Eben McBurney Byers (1880-1932), wealthy American socialite, athlete, and industrialist who won the 1906 U.S. Amateur who died from multiple radiation-induced cancers after consuming a popular patent medicine made from radium
  • James Byers, American shipowner, merchant and sealer from New York who sent a four-vessel sealing fleet to the South Shetland Islands in 1820-21, eponym of Byers Peninsula on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands
  • Lieutenant-General Clovis Ethelbert Byers (1899-1973), American Commandant of NATO Defense College Paris (1955-1957) [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Clovis Byers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Byers/Clovis_Ethelbert/USA.html
  • Joseph Austen Byers, Canadian judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia
  • Stephen John Byers (b. 1953), British politician, Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2001-2002), Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1998-2001), Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1998)
  • Lyndon Byers (b. 1964), Canadian former NHL hockey player and Boston radio personality from Nipawin, Saskatchewan
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Byers family



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Emma  Byers (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • Miss Elsie  Byers (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

Suggested Readings for the name Byers


  • Bynum and Baynham Families of America 1616-1850 by William Baird.

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 67)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839CityOfAdelaide.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Clovis Byers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Byers/Clovis_Ethelbert/USA.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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