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Where did the English Beverage family come from? When did the Beverage family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beverage family history?

The ancestors of the bearers of the Beverage family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found on Beverage, an island in the Severn River Estuary. The place name literally means beaver island, which explains the presence of the beaver on the family coat of arms. The surname Beverage arises from two Old English words: beofer,which means beaver, and ige which means island. While the name Beverage may have arisen in the southwest of England, it is generally associated with Yorkshire and Scotland.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Beverage include Beveridge, Belfridge, Belfrage, Beverage, Beveradge, Bevidge, Bevige, Berridge and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beverage research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1302, 1923, 1637, 1708, 1704 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Beverage History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beverage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beverage or a variant listed above:

Beverage Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • David Beverage, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1862

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