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Lloyd Name Study

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About the Lloyd Name Study

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Lloyd and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Please participate in the study by adding your Lloyd ancestors to the Lloyd Name Study category. It's quick and easy to do. All it takes is adding the following category text to your ancestor's biography.

[[Category:Lloyd Name Study]]

When you have categorized an ancestor as being part of the Lloyd Name Study, that ancestor will be listed on the Category: Lloyd Name Study page.

Please feel free contact the project leader Pamela Lloyd, add categories to your profiles, ask questions about this study on G2G, and add details of your name research. Your participation and interest is greatly appreciated and will be warmly welcomed.

Understanding the Lloyd Surname

"Lloyd is a name originating with the Welsh adjective llwyd, most often understood as meaning "grey", but with other meanings as well. The name can be used both as a personal name and as a surname. The name has many variations and a few derivations, mainly as a result of the difficulty in representing the initial double-L for non-Welsh speakers, and the translation of the Welsh diphthong ŵy. Lloyd is the most common form of the name encountered in the modern era, with the Welsh spelling Llwyd increasingly common in recent times."[1]

Lloyd variants

Note: Please feel free to add any variants not included here. Thanks!'

Wikipedia provides the following information about variants: "Most modern variations of Lloyd/Llwyd originate in the Tudor period, and are largely "corruptions" of llwyd. Variations include: Ffloyd, Flewett, Flewitt, Flood, Floed, Floyde, Flowitt, Flude, Fludd, Fludde, Flude, Fluett, Fluat, Flyd, Flyde, Lide, Lhuyd, Loud, Loulld, Luyd, Llowyde, Llowyd, Lloyed, Lloilld, Llwyed, Thoyd, Thloyd, and Thllewyd."[1] Additional variants can be found at Name Thesaurus by searching for Lloyd. My search turned up 83 variants, not counting soundex or metaphone matches. The Name Thesaurus FAQ states that variants may occur for a variety of reasons, including "typographical errors where letters are interchanged (e.g. Nobel and Noble), letters are substituted (e.g. Stevens and Stephens), letters are added (e.g. Colins and Collins) or removed (e.g. Clarke and Clark)." The fact that surnames may vary for many reasons means that some of the variants listed may never have been in deliberate use as surnames, but being aware of these variants may prove helpful when searching for elusive ancestors.

Notable Lloyds on Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a list of "notable" Lloyds at Lloyd (surname). While this list is by no means complete (it doesn't include all Lloyds on Wikipedia), it may be of interest to those studying the surname. The disambiguation page also provides a wealth of data.

In addition to the "notable" Lloyds on the list, is Thomas Lloyd. "Thomas Lloyd (6 April 1640 – 10 September 1694) was a lieutenant-governor of provincial Pennsylvania and a Quaker preacher." [2]

What is a One Name Study?

The Guild of One-Name Studies provides the following definition:

Research into the genealogy and family history of all persons with the same surname and its variants.

There is an expanded description on the Guild of One-Name Studies "What is a One-Name Study?" page:

A one-name (or surname) study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple). Some ‘one-namers’ restrict their research geographically, perhaps to one country, but true one-namers collect all occurrences worldwide. The purpose of a one-name study is not just about the collection of data. Its aim is to research the genealogy and family history of all persons with a given surname and its linked variants. A study may concentrate on aspects such as the geographical distribution of the name and the changes in that distribution over the centuries, or may attempt to reconstruct the genealogy of as many lines as possible bearing the name. A frequent aspiration is to identify a single original location of the name, especially if the name appears to derive from a place name. However, for many names, for example those indicating an occupation like ‘Farmer’ or a patronymic-type surname such as ‘Williamson’, there may not be a single origin.

On G2G, Pete Hudson makes the following observation: "Strictly speaking a One Name Study (as described by the Guild of One-Name Studies) involves the study of all occurrences of a particular name, whether a first middle or last name, before and after marriage, and even includes occurrences of a name change, and so on!" While I couldn't specifically confirm this on the Guild of One-Name Studies website, I did find an even broader research principle: A One Name Study "stores and may research other data where the surname is mentioned" This suggests that Pete's interpretation is very much in keeping with the aims of a one name study and could even be extended to the inclusion of surnames mentioned in place names, business names, or anywhere else they might be found.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lloyd (name)." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 Oct. 2015. Web. 10 Nov. 2015, citing Morgan, T. J.; Morgan, Prys (1985). Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. pp. 5–8 "Orthography of Welsh Surnames" and "Llwyd", pp. 151–154.
  2. Thomas Lloyd (lieutenant governor)

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Any info available on John Lloyd:

b. March 4 1768 Pennsylvania d. March 14 1855 Porter, Niagara, NY m. Mary Brown b. Apr 5 1789 Wantage , Sussex, NJ d. Nov 14 1851 Porter, Niagara, Ny

John Lloyd moved to Virginia for unknown reason “at age of 3”. Was in Richmond, VA in 1799 to “attend the body of George Washington to the grave”.

Niagara County, NY 1799/1800

It would appear that I am the 3times great-grandson of John Lloyd born 1796 is this who you inquiring about.

Cliff Lloyd

posted by Cliff Lloyd
I don’t believe so as his daughter Marcelia was precise in his date of birth in the family Bible. Can you give me a Wikitree number for your John Lloyd?
I just added a bunch of Lloyd’s from the English/Welsh borders area. Always happy to add to one name studies where I can help. :)
Delighted to be involved with this study. My paternal 2nd great grandmother was Jane Lloyd (LLoyd-3083 ) and is one of my highest brick walls - born somewhere in Ireland possibly Fermanagh or close approx 1816 !!

Thanks for creating this name study.

posted by Maria Maxwell
I would like to sign up for this Study. And will be going back to add the category to my tree.

Thanks for doing this.

posted by Debra (Lloyd) Page