Byron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Byron reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Byron family lived in Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire. As a Norman name, they claim descent from Beuron, near Mantes, Normandy, where the family lived prior to coming to England with the Norman invasion. [1]

The name literally means "descendant of Byron (from the cottage); one who came from Byram (tumulus or cowshed), in Yorkshire." [2]

Early Origins of the Byron family

The surname Byron was first found in Yorkshire where "the poet's ancestors were of unquestioned Norman origin. Ernisius de Burun held 32 lordships in Yorkshire, and Ralph de Burun, 13 in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, at the compilation of Domesday [Book]." [3] [4]

"The Byrons belong to a very ancient and distinguished family of Nottingham, ennobled by James I.; and, as we also learn from Deering, Sir John Byron was constable of Nottingham castle in the reign of Henry VIII. Byron is still a Nottingham name." [5]

Delving more into Nottinghamshire records, we found at Hucknall-Torkard, "the church is an ancient edifice, containing several monuments to different members of the Byron family, lords of Newstead Abbey, about two miles distant. Here lie the remains of the late celebrated poet, who was interred here, on the 16th of July, 1824, in the family vault: in the chancel is a neat mural monument, with an appropriate inscription. There is also a monument to his ancestor, Richard, Lord Byron, who, with seven brothers, faithfully served Charles I. during the civil war, and sustained great losses and hardships on account of loyalty to that monarch." [6]

Back in Yorkshire, "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Byram,' a township in the parish of Brotherton, Yorkshire, formerly Byrom." [7]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Roger de Birun, Yorkshire; Ralph de Birun, Lincolnshire; and Hugh de Byron, Nottinghamshire, while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1397 listed Johannes de Byrom; Elena de Byron (Byrom); Roger de Birne (Monk Fryston); and Thomas de Byrne (Selby.) [7]

The family could have claimed decent from "the parish of Winwick, Lancashire. All the Lancashire Byroms hail from this spot. " [7] Again in Lancashire, but at Woolstone, with Martinscroft, a township, in the parish and union of Warrington, hundred of West Derby, we found: "in the 20th of Edward I., John Byrun claimed free warren here in right of his wife Alesia, heiress of Robert Banastre." [6]

Early History of the Byron family

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Byron Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Byron family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Nicolas Byron, knighted by Arthur, Prince of Wales on his marriage, 14 November 1501 but died in 1503; Sir John Byron (c.1488-1576), an English knight from Colwick in Nottinghamshire, Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire 1523-1524, 1527-1528, 1542-1543 and 1551-1552...
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Ireland Migration of the Byron family to Ireland

Some of the Byron family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Byron migration to the United States +

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, who 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 [8]
  • William Byron, who settled in Virginia in 1776
  • William Byron, who landed in New York in 1797 [8]
Byron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Byron, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [8]

Canada Byron migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Byron Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Byron, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Mr. John Byron, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [9]

Australia Byron migration to Australia +

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

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 [10]
  • William Byron, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • Ellen Byron, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" [12]
  • Mr. Samuel Byron, (b. 1850), aged 27, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Star of India" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 5th November 1877, he died on board [13]

New Zealand Byron migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Byron Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Byron, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Mr. Byron, European settler originally settled on Auckland Islands, transported aboard the ship "Earl of Hardwicke" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1852 [14]
  • George Byron, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • James Byron, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • Beloria Byron, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Byron (post 1700) +

  • George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), 6th Baron Byron, English poet, peer and politician, regarded as one of the greatest British poets, best known for his poems "Don Juan", "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage," and "She Walks in Beauty"
  • Major-General Joseph Wilson Byron (1892-1951), American Director of Special Service Division, Army Service Forces (1943-1946) [15]
  • 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
  • Robert Byron (1905-1941), English writer
  • Sir Alan Gordon Byron (1887-1983), English soldier
  • Anne Isabella Noel Byron (1792-1860), née Milbanke, 11th Baroness Wentworth and Baroness Byron, commonly known as Lady Byron, wife of poet George Gordon Byron, (Lord Byron)
  • Alan Byron (1936-1982), Australian rules footballer who played for Geelong (1957-1958) and in 1960
  • Admiral George Anson Byron (1789-1868), 7th Baron Byron, a British naval officer, nobleman, peer, politician; he circumnavigated the world with George Anson (1740–1744)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Edin Byron, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]


The Byron 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: Crede Byron
Motto Translation: Trust Byron.


Suggested Readings for the name Byron +

  • 4796 "Byrams (also the Byron Family) in America" by John Arnold Byram.

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Burke, John and Burke, Sir Bernard, C.B. LL.D Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage . London: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, 1865, Print.
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  7. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 16)
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  12. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/charlottejane1852.shtml
  13. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Joseph Byron. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Byron/Joseph_Wilson/USA.html
  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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