Beaird History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Beaird was first used by someone who worked as a poet, which was originally derived from the Gaelic word bard. [1]

Early Origins of the Beaird family

The surname Beaird 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 Beaird family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaird 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 Beaird History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beaird Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Beaird has appeared as Baird, Bard, Barde, Baard, Bayard, Beard and many more.

Early Notables of the Beaird 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 Beaird family to Ireland

Some of the Beaird 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 Beaird migration to the United States +

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Beaird Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Beaird, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Oristano" from Cardiff [2]
  • Robert Beaird, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Santa Elisa" from West Coast, South America [3]
  • Robert Lincoln Beaird, aged 22, who arrived in America from Bordeaux, France in 1921 aboard the ship "Pipestone County" from Dunkirk, France [4]
  • Alexander Beaird, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Cibao" from Antoms [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beaird (post 1700) +

  • John Beaird, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 149th District, 2000
  • Charles T. Beaird, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1956
  • Pamela Beaird (b. 1945), birth name of Pamela Baird, American former actress, best known for her role as "Mary Ellen Rogers", the girlfriend of "Wally Cleaver" on the sitcom, Leave It to Beaver
  • John Beaird (1953-1993), American screenwriter and film producer
  • David Beaird (b. 1952), American film and stage director, screenwriter, and playwright, recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award in 1973
  • Charles Thomas Beaird (1922-2006), American industrialist, newspaper publisher and philanthropist


The Beaird 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.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67M-LWP : 6 December 2014), Alexander Beaird, 06 Apr 1919; citing departure port Cardiff, arrival port New York, ship name Oristano, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68Q-P44 : 6 December 2014), Robert Beaird, 06 Oct 1920; citing departure port West Coast, South America, arrival port New York, ship name Santa Elisa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6LQ-SYF : 6 December 2014), Robert Lincoln Beaird, 20 Oct 1921; citing departure port Dunkirk, France, arrival port Bordeaux, France, ship name Pipestone County, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNHW-6NB : 6 December 2014), Alexander Beaird, 05 Sep 1924; citing departure port Antoms, arrival port New York, ship name Cibao, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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