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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish

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

The surname Baird is a ancient Strathclyde-Briton name for a person who works as a poet, which was originally derived from the Gaelic word bard.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Baird, Bard, Barde, Baard, Bayard, Beard and many more.

First found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baird research. Another 344 words(25 lines of text) covering the year 1888 is included under the topic Early Baird History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Baird family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Baird Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Baird, who landed in Massachusetts in 1672
  • James Baird who arrived in America in 1685
  • Alexander Baird, who arrived in New York in 1695

Baird Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Baird settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Francois Baird, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Archibald Baird, who arrived in South Carolina in 1770
  • John Baird settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773
  • Thomas Baird settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774


Baird Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Baird, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Henry Baird, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810
  • Martha Baird, aged 40, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Washington Baird, who landed in New York in 1813
  • George Baird, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


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  • James Baird (1873-1953), American civil engineer and builder of the Lincoln Memorial
  • Leah Baird (1883-1971), American actress of the silent screen, and a screenwriter
  • Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887), American naturalist
  • Brigadier-General Harry Howard Baird (1893-1969), American Commanding Officer, Special Troops, US Army Forces Pacific (1945-1946)
  • Major-General Henry Welles Baird (1881-1963), American Commanding Officer, 4th Armored Division (1941-1942)
  • David McCurdy Baird OC, FRSC (b. 1920), Canadian geologist, photographer, and academic
  • Sir Dugald Baird (1899-1986), Scottish physician
  • Stuart Baird (b. 1947), English film editor, producer, and director
  • John Logie Baird (1888-1946), Scottish inventor of the first practical television, he gave his first successful demonstration of television in an attic in 1926, and made the first transatlantic transmission in 1928
  • Craig George Baird (b. 1970), New Zealand race car driver with over 20 New Zealand championship titles


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  • A Baird Family in America and Allied Lines by Joie Baird and Delila Baird.
  • Francis Baird's American Descendants from 1758 by James T. Baird.
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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: Vi et virtute
Motto Translation: Both by strength and virtue

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Baird Clan Badge
Baird Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Baird
Baard, Baarde, Baarte, Baeard, Baearde, Baeart, Baird, Bairde, Bard, Barde, Bayard, Bayarde, Bayart, Bayarte, Bayeard, Bayearde, Bayeart, Bayerd, Bayert, Bayord, Beard, Beard, Bearde, Bearid, Bearte, Beeard, Beearde, Beeart, Beearte, Beeeard, Beeearde, Beeeart, Beeerd, Beeert, Beeord, Beyard, Beyarde, Beyart, Beyarte, Beyeard, Beyearde, Beyeart, Beyerd, Beyert, Beyord and more.

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The Baird Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baird 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.

This page was last modified on 22 April 2014 at 20:48.

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