Origin of the Name Boyd
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Boyd is usually of Scottish descent originating on the Island of Bute which in Gaelic is Bhoid, or Bod. William, tenth son of Boyd, was created Earl of Kilmarnock in 1661. Dean Castle in Kilmarnock was then forfeited to the crown after the Boyds had supported Prince Charles Edward at Culloden, but later recovered. The estate then went to the Earl of Glencairn in the year 1750, who in turn sold it to Henry Scott.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
In Ireland Boyd is sometimes rendered as O'Boyd as well as MacElwee.
The Boyd coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Boyd descendants.