Byres is a name whose roots are found in the clans of the Boernician
people of ancient Scotland
. The Byres 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 Byres family
The surname Byres 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 Byres family
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Byres Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations
among names that evolved in that era. Byres has been spelled Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.
Early Notables of the Byres family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byres family to Ireland
Some of the Byres family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Byres family to the New World and Oceana
Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence
, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Byres or a variant listed above:
Byres Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Byres, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Byres (post 1700)
- James Byres of Tonley FRSE FSA (1733-1817), Scottish architect, antiquary and dealer in Old Master paintings and antiquities, member of a family of Scottish Jacobite sympathizers who settled in Rome in 1758
- Terence J. Byres, British peasant studies scholar and a professor emeritus of Political Economy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London