You may have expected that it was more common in the 1860's (or earlier)
when slaves were given their freedom and only had a Christian name while
taking the name of their own or one hopes a Boyd who had been kind to them.
As a British immigrant I used to work with used to say to me "he was British
by birth but Australian by choice".
I expect we will welcome these two "new" members into our Clan as well ( but
with a little footnote).
Historical Committee, HBS
----- Original Message -----
From: Barbara Hoehn <brosa6(a)attbi.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 3:52 PM
Subject: [BOYD] assumed names
Greetings to the List
I am curious if anyone else has run across people whose
father's/grandfather's changed their name to Boyd, but are not from our
lineage. Two of these people, whom I've met in just the last year, have
the name Boyd.
One family was from Yugoslavia and just decided they liked the
name did begin with a Bo...and Boyd was much easier to pronounce.
month I met another fellow whose Danish name was Boye. His father didn't
like being called Boy, so dropped the E and added the D.
I was a little let down not meeting actual clan members, and found this
rather curious...but probably not all that unusual. I'm sure it happened
often at Ellis Island...infact, know it happened to my husband's family
after the turn of the century... one brother took one name and the
took another...to honor both mother and father.
"What's In A Name?" (E.D.)
barbara boyd hoehn
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