The Welsh surname Floyd, also found in Ireland, is a nickname distinguishing someone who was grey-haired, derived from the Welsh term llwyd meaning grey. The first recording of the name "Lloyd" is that of one "Richard Loyt", in the Worcestershire Subsidy Rolls of 1327. William Floyd (1734 - 1821) was one of the signatories of the American Declaration of independence. His great-grandfather Richard Floyd emigrated from Wales in the 17th Century. Sir John Floyd (1748 - 1818) pursued a brilliant military career in India, distinguishing himself particularly in the wars against Tippoo Sultan; he was created general in 1812, and baronet in 1816. Today there are approximately 65,000 bearers of the surname Floyd living in the United States.
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