Inyard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Inyard is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a person with lordly bearing, or the older of two people with the same name. The first is by analogy with the French seigneur, meaning lord.

Early Origins of the Inyard family

The surname Inyard was first found in Norfolk, where the family was granted lands by William the Conqueror for having assisted at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The earliest known bearer of the name was Walter Seignure, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1164.

Early History of the Inyard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Inyard research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1164, 1212, 1271, 1382, 1475, 1565, 1845, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Inyard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Inyard Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Senior, Sinyeard, Singard, Sinyard, Sinor, Sayner, Saynor, Sayner and many more.

Early Notables of the Inyard family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Inyard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Inyard family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Inyard name or one of its variants: Eliz Senior, who settled in Virginia in 1666; Jacob Senior, who arrived in Nevis in 1679; Joseph Senior, who arrived in Barbados in 1680 with his four servants, Jane Senior, who came to Virginia in 1728.



The Inyard 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: Medio tutissimus ibis
Motto Translation: Go most safely by the middle course


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