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Where did the French Bainard family come from? What is the French Bainard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bainard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bainard family history?

The surname Bainard is derived from the French personal name Bernard, making this surname a patronym, or derived from the name of a parent or other ancestor. This type of surname belongs to the category of surnames, known as hereditary surnames. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin. In some cases the exact same name appears in many other European countries. The personal name Bernard is derived from the Germanic name Bernhard, which is composed of the Old German elements bern, which meant bear, and hard, which meant hard or strong. The personal name therefore meant "as strong as a bear."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bernard, Bernerd, Bernat, Bernarde, Barnard, Bairnard, Burnard, Bernaurd and many more.

First found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bainard research. Another 427 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1651, 1668, 1739, 1813, 1845, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Bainard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bainard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Bernard settled in Philadelphia in 1682; John Bernard, aged 30; settled with his wife Phébé, 27; in Massachusetts in 1634; John George Bernard, aged 36.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudo and mansuetudo
Motto Translation: The strength and gentleness

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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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The Bainard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bainard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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