The surname Floyde is of Welsh origin. This is the English attempt at pronouncing the Welsh Lloyd. The name was a nickname for a person with grey hair or who had habitually dressed in grey, from Welsh ‘llwyd’, grey. “Myfi yw Llwyd uab Cilcoed”, I am Lloyd, son of Kilcoed. The word nickname is derived from “an eke-name” or added name, and since surnames originated as added names for help in identification, all surnames are, in a sense, nicknames. One of the signatories of the American Declaration of Independance bore this name, William Floyd ( 1734-1821 ), a wealthy landowner born on Long Island. His family had first settled there with his great-grand-father Richard Floyd, who emigrated from Wales in the seventeenth century. Despite his comfortable circumstances, at the age of 69 Floyd purchased a tract of wilderness in Oneida county and spent the rest of his life as a pioneer. The name dates back to the fifteenth century were a John Floyd is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America predominately by Welsh immigrants… Coat of arms: Argent, …
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