Ethel Cora Hess was born in New York, United States as the daughter of Leander George Hess and Ida Jane Dunk. She married Raymond William Byrd on 2 June 1908, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Utica, Oneida, New York, United States for about 30 years.
German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from the territory of Hesse (see Hessen 1).
South German: from a short form of the personal name Matthäus (see Matthew ).
German and Dutch: from the ancient Germanic personal name Hesso, a derivative of a compound name formed with hadu ‘strife’ as the first element, or from a pet form of Herman or Hendrik (see Henry 1).