Lloydds surname comes from the well-known Welsh personal name
Lloyd. This name is originally derived from the word "llwyd," which means "grey."
Early Origins of the Lloydds family
The surname Lloydds was first found in Montgomeryshire
(Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), located in mid-Eastern Wales
, one of thirteen historic counties, and anciently the medieval kingdom of Powys
Wenwynwyn, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Lloydds family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lloydds research.Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1380, 1410, 1580, 1661, 1640, 1644, 1585, 1651, 1589, 1667, 1660, 1667, 1669, 1640, 1644, 1617, 1664, 1606, 1676, 1628, 1676, 1619, 1659, 1634, 1686, 1638, 1687, 1640, 1694, 1660, 1709, 1679, 1709, 1714, 1716, 1683, 1691, 1691, 1716 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Lloydds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lloydds Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Lloydds have included Lloyd, Llwyd, Lloid, Loyd, Loid, Lwyd and others.
Early Notables of the Lloydds family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Gruffudd Llwyd (c.
1380-1410), a Welsh
language poet, composed poems on themes of love and religion, characterized with the anti-English sentiment leading up to the rebellion led by Owain Glyndwr; Walter Lloyd (1580-1661), a Welsh
politician who sat in the House... Another 228 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lloydds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lloydds family to Ireland
Some of the Lloydds family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lloydds family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Lloydds: David Lloyd who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed by James in 1654; Thomas Lloyd settled in Jamaica with his three sons, Mordecai, John, and Thomas, and moved to Philadelphia in 1666.
The Lloydds 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: Heb dduw heb ddym, Dhuw a digon
Motto Translation: Without God without anything, God is enough.