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

The chronicles of Scottish history reveal that the first people to use the name Beard were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for a poet, which was originally derived from the Gaelic word bard.

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Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Beard has been spelled 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. According to legend, William the Lion, King of Scotland was alarmed by the approach of a wild boar, while hunting in one of the southwestern counties. Baird, who was a follower in the King's train, came forward to assist the King. Baird needed only a single arrow to slay the boar, and was rewarded for this service by the king. He was granted large areas of lands, and was assigned a Coat of Arms on which there is a wild boar. King William also commanded that Baird would have as his motto Dominus Fecit (The Lord made). In the Churchyard of Banff, Scotland, Baird's Arms may still be seen in an ancient monument to the Bairds of Auchmeddan.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beard research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1656, 1647, 1667, 1620, 1698, 1654, 1737, 1686, 1745, 1697, 1658, 1715, 1690, 1740 and are included under the topic Early Beard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Beard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Beard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jon Beard, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Joane Beard, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1641
  • William Beard, who arrived in New England in 1643
  • Rachel Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1650


Beard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Beard, who landed in Delaware in 1728
  • Martin Beard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Nicholas Beard, who landed in America in 1765
  • Andrew Beard, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Jean Beard, who landed in South Carolina in 1772


Beard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Ann Beard, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Peter Beard, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Hugh Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1810
  • Jane Beard, who arrived in South Carolina in 1813
  • Mr. Beard, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821


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  • Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948), American historian
  • Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958), American feminist and historian
  • Andrew Jackson Beard (1849-1921), African-American inventor inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Amanda Ray Beard (b. 1981), American Olympic-level swimmer and model
  • Frank J. Beard (b. 1939), American golfer, highest ranked on the PGA Tour money list in 1969
  • James Andrew Beard (1903-1985), American chef and food writer


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  • A Beard Mosaic: David Beard and His Descendants by Virginia Beard Asterino.
  • History of the Beard, Bedichek, Craven and Allied Families by Pauline Beard.
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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: Dominus fecit
Motto Translation: The Lord made.

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Beard Clan Badge
Beard 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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The Beard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beard 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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