Byrom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Byrom is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Byrom family lived at Bryram, a township in the parish of Brotherton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Byrom family

The surname Byrom was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Byrome, or Byram, with Pool, a township, in the parish of Brotherton, Lower division of the wapentake of Barkstone-Ash. "Byram Hall is a handsome mansion, in a fine and well-wooded park of about 200 acres." [2] [3]

However, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 point to scattered entries for the family: Roger de Birun, Yorkshire; Ralph de Birun, Lincolnshire; and Hugh de Byron, Nottinghamshire. [4]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Elena de Byrom (Byrom); Roger de Birne (Monk Fryston); and Thomas de Byrne (Selby). (Barsley)

The variant Burien, Berian or Buryan has a most interesting origin. "There seems to be but one opinion among our historians and antiquaries, except that which has been introduced to notice by Hals. According to this historian, the name Berian or Buryan, is derived from a cemetery or burying-place for human creatures; and he asserts that an enclosure devoted to this purpose existed in this place long before the church was extant. St. Berian, or Burianna, according to Mr. Whitaker, Dr. Borlase, and others, was a holy woman, a native of Ireland, who came into this country about the year 460, in company with many others of exalted birth and dignity, she being a king's daughter, and landed near St. Ives." [5]

Early History of the Byrom family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrom research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1692 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Byrom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Byrom Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Byrom have been found, including Byrom, Byram, Byrum, Birom, Biram and others.

Early Notables of the Byrom family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Byrom or John Byrom of Kersal or John Byrom of Manchester (1692-1763), an English poet and inventor of a revolutionary system of shorthand. "He was the second son and seventh of the nine children of Edward Byrom, by...
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United States Byrom migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Byrom were among those contributors:

Byrom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Byrom, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [6]
  • John Byrom who settled in Virginia in 1656
Byrom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Byrom, who settled in Virginia in 1736
  • James Byrom, who arrived in America in 1765 [6]
Byrom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Byrom, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • Job Byrom, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [6]

Australia Byrom migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Byrom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Byrom (aged 15), a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Richard Byrom (aged 43) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

Contemporary Notables of the name Byrom (post 1700) +

  • Monty Curtis Byrom (b. 1958), American rock, blues and country guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer
  • Larry Byrom (b. 1948), American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Steppenwolf
  • John Lewis Byrom (1851-1931), English first-class cricketer
  • Raymond Byrom (b. 1935), retired English professional footballer from Blackburn, England
  • Joel Alan Byrom (b. 1986), English professional footballer
  • Paul Byrom, Irish singer
  • George Byrom Whittaker (1793-1847), English bookseller and publisher, born at Southampton in March 1793, the son of the Rev. George Whittaker, master of the grammar school [7]


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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