Last name: Lloyd
This famous surname could be described as both Old Welsh and Medieval English. It derives from the pre 7th century word "llwyd" meaning literally "grey". As such it was originally given either as a baptismal name or as a nickname. If the latter it probably described a grey haired person at a time when few lived to be old, or perhaps a holy man, one who habitually wore grey garments. It is an example of a sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the use of nicknames. These nicknames were given with reference to occupation, or to a variety of characteristics, such as physical peculiarities, or even supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance. The surname is first recorded in the 14th Century (see below), and early recordings include: Ithell Lloit, who appears in the records of Chirk, Wales, in 1391, and Richard Lloyd, who was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1524. A number of namebearers including Jenkin Lloyde of Montgomeryshire, and Griffith Lloid of Radnor, were entered in the register of students at Oxford University during the period 1577 - 1585. Edward Lloyd, who flourished circa 1692, kept a coffee-house in Lombard Street, city of London, and it is from him that the great commercial corporation known as "Lloyd's" derives its name. His premises was the centre of shipbroking and the marine insurance business in the late sixteen hundreds. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Loyt. This was dated 1327, in the Tax Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire, during the reign of King Edward 111rd of Egland, 1327 - 1377. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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my great grandfathers names was charles francis lloyd born in 1859 in howick in northumberland , joined the british army and fought in the egyptian war of 1882 , his fathers name was carles david lloyd who was the head gameskeeper for a few great buildings in and around howick in northumberland , his employer was the earl grey
Claudette Frances-marie Lloyd
Hi I'm a Lloyd from south-africa! All I know is that my grandfather Francis John Lloyd's father or grandfather originated from cornwall... I would love to know more about our family and why they emigrated to south-africa...
Sounds like my lineage have very commonplace names. My Grandfather was Frederick Lloyd (1916-1988), his father was Charles Lloyd. Most likely located near Gloucester.
I'm a Lloyd. My grandfather is J.Edwin Lloyd from Liberia. I would like to know where ancestors are from
3rd Generation Canadian Lloyd family from Wales
Jessica (Lloyd) westover
My father was a Lloyd and his father German. Think it's pretty cool I could find the origin of my maiden name
Peter Frederick Victor Lloyd (1932 - ?)
My father was Frederick Victor Lloyd, born 26/2/1904 in London (Lambeth). He came from a long line of carpenters, presumably descendants of the many Welsh (border area) carpenters who were enticed to London by the early Regency building boom, because of their high reputation among architects. He dragged himself up from his Cockney origins by his bootstraps and became General Manager of a large and successful Company before he retired. He died in the 1980s.
His two elder brothers, William and Sidney Ernest, both emigrated to Australia before WW2 and I know their extensive families are thriving in Brisbane and Melbourne.
My paternal grandfather was Edwin Lloyd, the son of Frederick Edwin Lloyd, both also born and died in London's East End during the 1800s. Frederick Edwin must have been the black sheep of this family of carpenters - he was only a lamp glass maker!
My ggrandmother was Mary Lloyd (m. George M. Daniel of Mecklenburg Co.
VA. Mary was born in Granville Co. in 1864. I have found her parents listed only as H. and M. C. Lloyd. For some reason when Mary is in her teens, she is living with the Vaughan family. Please let me hear if you have additional information about these Lloyds. email@example.com
Lloyd from the Caribbean island of Antigua
Does anyone know where the Lloyd's in the Caribbean came from?
Lloyd from Lancaster, South Carolina here.