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Llyod History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Welsh Llyod 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 Llyod family


The surname Llyod 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 Llyod family


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Llyod Spelling Variations


The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. 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 could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Llyod have included Lloyd, Llwyd, Lloid, Loyd, Loid, Lwyd and others.

Early Notables of the Llyod 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...
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Migration of the Llyod family to Ireland


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Migration of the Llyod family to the New World and Oceana


North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Llyod: 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 Llyod 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.


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