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

The history of the Beveridge family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Beveridge arises from two Old English words: beofer,which means beaver, and ige which means island. While the name Beveridge 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 Beveridge 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 Beveridge 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 Beveridge 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 Beveridge 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 Beveridge or a variant listed above:

Beveridge Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Beveridge who settled in New England in 1685

Beveridge Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jenneti Beveridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Mary Beveridge settled in Maryland in 1774

Beveridge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Beveridge, who landed in Albany, NY in 1818
  • Robert Beveridge arrived in New York in 1823
  • Helen Beveridge, who arrived in Iowa in 1848
  • Robert Beveridge, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Andrew Beveridge, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856


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  • Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862-1927), American politician and historian, U.S. Senator from Indiana (1899-1911)
  • Daeida Hartell Wilcox Beveridge (1861-1914), American entrepreneur who co-founded and named the town of Hollywood, Los Angeles
  • George D. Beveridge (1922-1987), American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist known for his work at The Washington Post
  • John Lourie Beveridge (1824-1910), American politician, 16th Governor of Illinois (1873-1877)
  • Judith Beveridge (b. 1956), English-born, Australian poet, editor and academic
  • Crawford W Beveridge CBE (b. 1947), Scottish-born, American technology executive, known for his work at Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment Corp. and Analog Devices; he became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995
  • Sir William Henry Beveridge (1879-1963), British economist, knighted in 1919, and made 1st Baron Beveridge of Tuggal in 1946, known for "cradle to the grave" social security system
  • James Beveridge, Canadian film-maker and co-founder of the National Film Board of Canada
  • Sandy Beveridge (b. 1981), retired professional Canadian football defensive back
  • Sir Gordon Beveridge FRSE MRIA FEng FIChemE FRSA (1933-1999), Scottish chemist and academic, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University of Belfast (1986-1997)

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  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Beveridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beveridge 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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