Bajan Roots: Looking for historical information about the Byram family in Barbados

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Dear Barbados Free Press,

I would like to learn about the history or origin of the Surname BYRAM in Barbados.

My ancestor, Nicholas Byram was born in Kent, England about 1610. He was in Barbados sometime during the period 1620 – 1635.

I have found in Facebook two persons with the surname Byram who have family roots in Barbados but one, a lifeguard named Selena Byram, worked at a beach in Barbados and was killed by a shark. The other person’s grandparents lived in Barbados but had no knowledge of the history of their Byram surname.

Jerry Byram

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2 responses to “Bajan Roots: Looking for historical information about the Byram family in Barbados

  1. John

    I checked familysearch.org but could not find any BYRAMs.

    https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3Abyram~%20%2Brecord_country%3ABarbados

    I have come across a Byam family c. 1650 in Barbados but not a common name.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=2FE4AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=byam+surinam+governor+antigua&source=bl&ots=R73In8qkB8&sig=mnihVTVvPFk9hoEFy4vkHsh5fZs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_TTuUr4lj-uRB-7agdgN&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=byam%20surinam%20governor%20antigua&f=false

    I also came across a suggestion in my reading that BYAM became BRYAN but never checked.

    Are you sure about the spelling?

    That’s the closest I can get.

  2. Warinka

    Jerry
    Walter Byram is the last known of your family reside in Barbados. Walter’s family all took jobs during the construction of the Panama Canal and later moved their wives and children there as well. As far as records indicate, they never returned.
    Walter was executed by the Colonial Firing Squad at Bay Street for his part in an insurrection attempt to oust the British colonial government.