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The name Byron reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Byron family lived in Lancashire. The name, however, does not derive from that location, but is a reference to Beuron in Normandy, where the family lived prior to coming to England with the Norman invasion.


The surname Byron was first found in Lancashire, at Woolstone, with Martinscroft, a township, in the parish and union of Warrington, hundred of West Derby. "In the 20th of Edward I., John Byrun claimed free warren here in right of his wife Alesia, heiress of Robert Banastre." [1]

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Byron family name include Biron, Byron and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byron research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1324, 1498, 1788, 1824, 1812, 1501, 1503, 1488, 1576, 1523, 1524, 1527, 1528, 1542, 1543, 1551, 1552, 1526, 1600, 1606, 1679, 1636, 1695, 1679 and are included under the topic Early Byron History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Byron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Byron family to immigrate North America:

Byron Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sunnell Byron settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Elizabeth Byron who settled in Barbados in 1664

Byron Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Byron, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • William Byron settled in Virginia in 1776
  • William Byron, who landed in New York in 1797

Byron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Byron, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870

Byron Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Byron, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810

Byron Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shard Byron, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Byron, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ellen Byron, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane"

Byron Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Byron landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • George Byron arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • James Byron arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Beloria Byron arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Hannah Byron arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863


  • Major-General Joseph Wilson Byron (1892-1951), American Director of Special Service Division, Army Service Forces (1943-1946)
  • David Byron (1947-1985), English Rock singer, best known as the front man of Uriah Heep
  • Robert James Byron (b. 1950), 13th Baron Byron, English Barrister
  • Kathleen Byron (1922-2009), English actress of stage, screen and television
  • George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), 6th Baron Byron, English poet, famed for his personality cult
  • Robert Byron (1905-1941), English writer
  • Sir Alan Gordon Byron (1887-1983), English soldier
  • Foulweather Byron (1723-1786), English naval officer
  • Mr. Edin Byron, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Vice Admiral John Byron (1723-1786), British Royal Navy officer and explorer


  • Byrams (also the Byron Family) in America by John Arnold Byram.

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: Crede Byron
Motto Translation: Trust Byron.


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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The Byron Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Byron 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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