100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- no headaches!
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
Origins Available: Scottish-Alt
The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name Baird. It is a name for someone who works as a poet, which was originally derived from the Gaelic word bard. 
The surname Baird was 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.
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Baird has been spelled Baird, Bard, Barde, Baard, Bayard, Beard and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baird 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 Baird History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Baird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Baird 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
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
Baird Settlers in 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 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 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
Baird Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Phillip Baird (Beard) settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1677, and the Bairds also settled in Bay Bulls, Freshwater Bay, and Long Harbour, in Newfoundland
Baird Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. William Baird U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
Baird Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Jas Baird, who arrived in Canada in 1820
- George Baird, aged 50, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- Margaret Baird, aged 50, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- Anne Baird, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- Adam Baird, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
Baird Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Baird a farmer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- Isabella Baird arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- James Baird a shepherd, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- Jane Baird arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- John Baird arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
Baird Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Helen Baird landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- James Baird landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Baird landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Samuel C Baird landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Thomas Baird landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Major-General Henry Welles Baird (1881-1963), American Commanding Officer, 4th Armored Division (1941-1942)
- Brigadier-General Harry Howard Baird (1893-1969), American Commanding Officer, Special Troops, US Army Forces Pacific (1945-1946)
- Patrick Baird, American politician, Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816
- Paul Revere Baird (b. 1889), American Republican politician, Mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1925
- R. E. Baird, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1940
- Ray R. Baird, American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 5th District; Elected 1974
- Robert Baird, American politician, Mayor of Ionia, Michigan, 1906
- Robert G. Baird, American politician, Postmaster at Agricultural College, Michigan, 1884-85
- Robert William Baird, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 22nd District, 1962
- Rufus K. Baird, American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Chittenden, 1888
- 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.
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 fecitMotto Translation:
The Lord made.
|Baird Clan Badge|
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... MoreSepts 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
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
- Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
- Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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 21 May 2016 at 19:11.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- no headaches!