The surname Boyd can be of Scottish or Irish in origin.The most natural way of describing a man,to distinguish him from his fellows,was to give a pen-picture of his general appearance,and particularly so if he possesed any outstanding physical peculiarity.The name Boyd is derived from the Gaelic name Mac Giolla Buidhe,’the yellow haired youth’s son’;the Gaelic name Buidhe signifies yellow.The name may also be derived from the island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde;the Gaelic name for Bute is Bod.Boyd is a family name of the royal line of Clan Stewart or Stuart and this family claims that the name derives from the Gaelic ‘buidhe’.It is claimed that the progenitor of the family was Robert,son of Simon,who was one of the two Norman brothers who founded the Stewart dynasty in Scotland.He was known as Robert Buidhe because of the colour of his hair.The name in its Gaelic form appears in an old history;”Grim,the grandson of Duff,reigned for a short time,but was slain in battle,in 1004,by Malcolm, and his son Boidh was set aside,and disabled from reigning.”The name in its modern form dates to the twelfth century were a Robert de Boyd … Coat of arms: Azure a fesse chequy argent a…
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