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Boyd Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde from Bòid (genitive case of Bòd the Gaelic name of the island of Bute) or Bòideach denoting a person from Bute. Alternatively the name may denote descendants of a Gilla filius Boed who appears in reference to Glasgow Cathedral in the early 12th century perhaps from the Gaelic personal name Boite of uncertain origin. Scottish and Irish: from the Gaelic epithet buidhe ‘yellow(-haired)’. Compare Bowie . Manx: from Mac Gille Buidhe ‘son of the yellow-haired lad’ (compare 2 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Bold, Hoy, Boye, Boak, Bond, Dodd, Bay, Hoad, Bird, Noya

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Where is the Boyd family from?

You can see how Boyd families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boyd family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boyd families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,086 Boyd families living in Lancashire. This was about 25% of all the recorded Boyd's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Boyd families in 1891.
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What did your Boyd ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Boyd. 10% of Boyd men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Boyd women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boyd were Gardener and Domestic Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Bricklayer
    4%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Gardener
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 103,000 immigration records available for the last name Boyd. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 156,000 military records available for the last name Boyd. For the veterans among your Boyd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boyd lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Boyd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Boyd in 1940 was 33, and 72 in 2004.

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