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The chronicles of Scottish history reveal that the first people to use the name Beard were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for a poet, which was originally derived from the Gaelic word bard. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Beard Early Origins



The surname Beard 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.

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Beard Spelling Variations


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Beard Spelling Variations



Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Beard has been spelled Baird, Bard, Barde, Baard, Bayard, Beard and many more.

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Beard Early History


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Beard Early History



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

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Beard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beard Early Notables (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...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beard In Ireland


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Beard In Ireland



Some of the Beard 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Beard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon Beard, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Joane Beard, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1641
  • William Beard, who arrived in New England in 1643
  • Rachel Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Beard, who landed in Delaware in 1728
  • Martin Beard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Nicholas Beard, who landed in America in 1765
  • Andrew Beard, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Jean Beard, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Beard, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Peter Beard, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Hugh Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1810
  • Jane Beard, who arrived in South Carolina in 1813
  • Mr. Beard, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Béard, who married in Longue-Pointe, Quebec in 1699

Beard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Beard, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • David Béard was a store-keeper in Indian Cove, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • George J Béard was owner of a coal yard in Montreal in 1871
  • John Béard lived in Montreal in 1871
  • Samuel W. Béard was owner of a coal yard in Montreal in 1871
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Beard, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • Elija Beard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • William Frederick Beard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Robert Beard, aged 49, a farm labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • Susan Beard, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Beard landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Beard, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Ann Beard, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Edward Beard, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • James Beard arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beard (post 1700)



  • Daniel Carter "Uncle Dan" Beard (1850-1941), American illustrator, author, youth leader and founder of the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905
  • Clarke Briar Beard (1884-1978), American athlete at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Alfred "Butch" Beard Jr. (b. 1947), former National Basketball Association player and coach
  • Annette Beard (b. 1943), American R&B and soul singer, an original member of the singing group Martha and the Vandellas during the 1960s
  • Alana Monique Beard (b. 1982), American professional WNBA women's basketball player with the Los Angeles Sparks
  • Albert "Al" Beard (b. 1942), retired American basketball player who played for the New Jersey Americans (1967-1968)
  • Adrien Beard, American storyboard artist and three-time Emmy Award winning voice actor, best known as the voice of Token Black in South Park
  • Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948), American historian, one of the most influential American historians of the first half of the 20th century
  • Andrew Jackson Beard (1849-1921), African-American inventor inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his work on railroad coupler design
  • Amanda Ray Beard (b. 1981), American Olympic-level swimmer and model, two-time American Swimmer of the Year Award recipient
  • ... (Another 55 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Beard Historic Events


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Beard Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Ernest Edmond  Beard (1887-1917), Canadian Stoker Petty Officer aboard the HMCS Niobe from Belleville, Ontario, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas Norman Kemp Beard (b. 1903), Canadian Midshipman serving for the Royal Canadian Navy from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Alan Beard (b. 1919), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Beard


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Suggested Readings for the name Beard



  • A Beard Mosaic: David Beard and His Descendants by Virginia Beard Asterino.
  • History of the Beard, Bedichek, Craven and Allied Families by Pauline Beard.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. 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).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Beard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beard 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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