Boyd family crest


Boyd family crest

Colors on the Boyd family crest explained

Argent (silver) - represents the attributes of peacefulness and sincerity. Two things very important to early Boyd family members.

Azure (blue) - represents the Boyd family's loyalty and truthful nature.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and historic military strength when called upon 


  Symbols on the Boyd family crest explained 

The 'chequy' pattern - represents constancy and the enduring nature of this ancient family and its members.

The hand of benediction - a religious symbol representing the hold trinity. A symbol that has existed from very ancient times.


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Origins of the Boyd family name

Boyd is a name that has Scottish origins.

The name is derived from the Gaelic word "buidhe" which means "yellow" or "fair-haired".

It is believed that the first person to use the name Boyd was a chieftain named Boyd of the Clan Chattan.

The name Boyd has been used by many Scottish families over the centuries.


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Summary of the Boyd family and the Boyd family crest

  • The name Boyd is of Scottish origin.
  • The Boyd clan is one of the oldest and most powerful families in Scotland.
  • The Boyd clan traces its roots back to the 11th century.
  • The first Boyd officially on record is Simon O'Buidhe, who was a Scottish chieftain in the 12th century.
  • The clan played a pivotal role in the Wars of Scottish Independence.
  • The Boyds were strong supporters of Robert the Bruce and fought alongside him at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
  • The Boyds were also loyal supporters of the Stuart monarchy and fought for Charles I during the English Civil War.
  • The Boyds were one of the first families to be granted a coat of arms by King James VI of Scotland.
  • The Boyd family is associated with the town of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire and it is from here that the first crest was assigned to Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock.
  • The Boyd clan tartan is predominantly green and blue.
  • The first Boyd in America was John Boyd, who arrived in Boston in 1652.
  • Today, the Boyd family name is most common in the southern United States.