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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.

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The surname Byrom was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byrom research. Another 224 words (16 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.

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byrom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • John Byrom who settled in Virginia in 1656

Byrom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Byrom settled in Virginia in 1736
  • James Byrom, who arrived in America in 1765

Byrom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • E Byrom, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Job Byrom, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853

Byrom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


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

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  • 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


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  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Byrom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Byrom Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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