Show ContentsByler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Byler finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a bell-founder or a bellringer. The surname Byler is derived from the Old English word belle, which means bell.

Early Origins of the Byler family

The surname Byler was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The parish of Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire takes its name from the foundation of a college there in 1359 during the reign of Edward II. [1]

One of the first records of the family was Roger de Beler (d. 1326), an English judge, who was son of William Beler, and grandson of Roger Beler, Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1256. "That the family was settled in Leicestershire we know from a license obtained by the judge in 1316 to grant a lay fee in Kirkby-by-Melton, on the Wrethek in that county, to the warden and chaplains of St. Peter, on condition of their performing religious services for the benefit of the souls of himself and his wife Alicia, his father and mother, and ancestry generally." [2]

Early History of the Byler family

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Byler 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 Byler family name include Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.

Early Notables of the Byler family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Fettiplace Bellers (1687-1750?), English dramatist and philosophical writer, son of John Bellers (1654-1725) and Frances Bellers, was born in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, London, 23 Sept. 1687. His father was a philanthropist, born about 1654 and was a member of the Society of Friends. "When about thirty years old he married Frances...
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Byler Ranking

In the United States, the name Byler is the 5,507th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Migration of the Byler family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Byler surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Martin Biller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732.

Contemporary Notables of the name Byler (post 1700) +

  • Eric Byler (b. 1972), American award winning film director, screenwriter and political activist

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook