Baird History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Baird family

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.

Early History of the Baird family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baird research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1656, 1647, 1667, 1620, 1698, 1654, 1737, 1686, 1745, 1697, 1658, 1715, 1690, 1740, 1300, 1632 and are included under the topic Early Baird History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Baird Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Baird family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Bard, 1st Viscount Bellomont (1616-1656), an English Royalist; Charles Rupert Bard, 2nd Viscount Bellomont (1647-1667); and Sir John Baird of Newbyth, Lord Newbyth (1620-1698), a Scottish advocate, judge, politician and diplomat, Commissioner for Aberdeenshire in the Parliament of Scotland; Sir William Baird, 1st and 2nd Baronet of Newbyth (1654-1737); Sir John Baird, 2nd and 3rd Baronet of Newbyth (1686-1745); Sir Robert Baird, 1st Baronet of Saughtonhall (died 1697); and his son...
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Ireland Migration of the Baird family to Ireland

Some of the Baird family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Baird migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • James Baird who arrived in America in 1685
  • Alexander Baird, who arrived in New York in 1695 [2]
Baird Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Baird, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Francois Baird, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
  • Archibald Baird, who arrived in South Carolina in 1770 [2]
  • John Baird, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773
  • Thomas Baird, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Baird Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Baird, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807 [2]
  • Henry Baird, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810 [2]
  • Martha Baird, aged 40, who landed in Maine in 1812 [2]
  • Washington Baird, who landed in New York in 1813 [2]
  • George Baird, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Baird migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [3]
Baird Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Baird U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
Baird Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Baird, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • George Baird, aged 50, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Margaret Baird, aged 50, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Anne Baird, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Adam Baird, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Baird migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Baird Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Baird a farmer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • Isabella Baird, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • James Baird a shepherd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • Jane Baird, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • John Baird, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Baird migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Baird Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Helen Baird, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Baird, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Baird, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Samuel C Baird, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Baird, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Baird (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Henry Welles Baird (1881-1963), American Commanding Officer, 4th Armored Division (1941-1942) [6]
  • Brigadier-General Harry Howard Baird (1893-1969), American Commanding Officer, Special Troops, US Army Forces Pacific (1945-1946) [7]
  • 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
  • Raphael F. Baird, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Arch M. Baird, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jasper County 2nd District, 1929-30 [8]
  • Ann Baird, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2004 [8]
  • Andrew D. Baird (1839-1923), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884; Candidate for Mayor of Brooklyn, New York, 1887, 1889; Postmaster at Brooklyn, New York, 1890 [8]
  • Andrew C. Baird, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Wayne County 1st District, 1933; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [8]
  • ... (Another 75 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Baird, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]


The Baird Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Baird +

  • 874 "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.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Henry Baird. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Baird/Henry_Welles/USA.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Harry Baird. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Baird/Harry_Howard/USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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