When David French Boyd was born on 5 October 1834, in Evansham, Wythe, Virginia, United States, his father, Thomas Jefferson Boyd, was 30 and his mother, Minerva Ann French, was 17. He married Esther Gertrude Wright on 5 October 1865, in Alexandria, Rapides, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Wythe, Virginia, United States in 1850. In 1883, at the age of 49, his occupation is listed as college president in Auburn, Lee, Alabama, United States. He died on 27 May 1899, in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.
Scottish: habitational name from the island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde, from Bòid (genitive case of Bòd, the Gaelic name of the island of Bute) or Bòideach, denoting a person from Bute. Alternatively, the name may denote descendants of a Gilla filius Boed, who appears in reference to Glasgow Cathedral in the early 12th century, perhaps from the Gaelic personal name Boite, of uncertain origin.
Scottish and Irish: from the Gaelic epithet buidhe ‘yellow(-haired)’. Compare Bowie .
Manx: from Mac Gille Buidhe ‘son of the yellow-haired lad’ (compare 2 above).
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