The surname Bairnerd is derived from the French personal name
Bernard, making this surname a patronym
, or derived from the name of a parent or other ancestor. This type of surname belongs to the category of surnames, known as hereditary surnames
surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic
surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local
language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne
(742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy
. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin. In some cases the exact same name appears in many other European countries. The personal name Bernard is derived from the Germanic name Bernhard, which is composed of the Old German elements bern, which meant bear, and hard, which meant hard or strong. The personal name therefore meant "as strong as a bear."
Early Origins of the Bairnerd family
The surname Bairnerd was first found in Provence, where the family has held a family seat
since very early times.
Early History of the Bairnerd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bairnerd research.Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1651, 1668, 1739, 1813, 1845, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Bairnerd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bairnerd Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bernard, Bernerd, Bernat, Bernarde, Barnard, Bairnard, Burnard, Bernaurd and many more.
Early Notables of the Bairnerd family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the names at this time was Jacques-Samuel Bernard (1615-1687), a French miniature painter and engraver; Samuel Bernard (1651-1739), a financier, loaned money to Louis XIV and Louis XV; Jacques Bernard... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bairnerd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bairnerd family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Bernard settled in Philadelphia in 1682; John Bernard, aged 30; settled with his wife Phébé, 27; in Massachusetts in 1634; John George Bernard, aged 36.
The Bairnerd 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: Fortitudo and mansuetudo
Motto Translation: The strength and gentleness