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[boid] /bɔɪd/
a male given name: from a Gaelic word meaning “light.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had gone to Sydney, and that was the last seen of Boyd in Australia.

  • Boyd Mayo lost no time in obeying his orders to report in New York.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • If any further proof for that theory was needed, it would be found in this fact, most ingeniously suggested by Mr. Boyd Dawkins.

    Town Geology Charles Kingsley
  • I'd like to step back into the crew and have you forget that I'm Boyd Mayo.

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  • But somehow Boyd's blond head broke water at the side of the last gasping animal.

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British Dictionary definitions for Boyd


Arthur. 1920–99, Australian painter and sculptor, noted for his large ceramic sculptures and his series of engravings
Martin (A'Beckett). 1893–1972, Australian novelist, author of Lucinda Brayford (1946) and of the Langton tetralogy The Cardboard Crown (1952), A Difficult Young Man (1955), Outbreak of Love (1957), and When Blackbirds Sing (1962)
Sir Michael. born 1955, British theatre director; artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2003
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Boyd

in many cases, the family name represents Gaelic or Irish buidhe "yellow," suggesting blond hair, cf. Manx name Mac Giolla Buidhe (c.1100).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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