The name Byre comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who worked as a bird catcher or someone who had birdlike characteristics.
Early Origins of the Byre family
The surname Byre was first found in Cheshire
at Broxton, a village and civil parish where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Byre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byre research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1543, 1623, 1608, 1663, 1558, 1540, 1623, 1652, 1704, 1669, 1674 and 1744 are included under the topic Early Byre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Byre Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Byre has undergone many spelling variations
, including Bird, Byrd, Byrde and others.
Early Notables of the Byre family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Theophilus Bird, or Bourne, (1608-1663) English actor; John Bird (died 1558), who was an English Carmelite monk and bishop; William Byrd (1540-1623), English composer; William Byrd I (1652-1704)... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byre family to Ireland
Some of the Byre family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byre family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Byre were among those contributors:
Byre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Byre, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 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)
The Byre Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cruce spes mea
Motto Translation: My hope is in the cross.