Beard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Beard family

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.

Early History of the Beard family

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

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.

Early Notables of the Beard 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 Beard family to Ireland

Some of the Beard 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 Beard migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Joane Beard, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • Robert Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1641 [2]
  • William Beard, who arrived in New England in 1643 [2]
  • Rachel Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1650 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Martin Beard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739 [2]
  • Nicholas Beard, who landed in America in 1765 [2]
  • Andrew Beard, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [2]
  • Jean Beard, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [2]
  • ... (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, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [2]
  • Peter Beard, who arrived in America in 1806 [2]
  • Hugh Beard, who landed in Maryland in 1810 [2]
  • Jane Beard, who arrived in South Carolina in 1813 [2]
  • Mr. Beard, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Beard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • David Béard was a store-keeper in Indian Cove, Newfoundland in 1871 [3]
  • 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.)

Australia Beard migration to Australia +

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

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 [4]
  • Elija Beard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Beard, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. James Beard, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. William Beard, (b. 1815), aged 28, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 22nd March 1843, sentenced for 10 years for forging and uttering a cheque, transported aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" on 5th November 1844 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
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New Zealand Beard 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:

Beard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Beard, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Beard, aged 22, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Ann Beard, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Edward Beard, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mr. Beard, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Beard (post 1700) +

  • Peter Hill Beard (1938-2020), American artist, photographer, diarist, and writer
  • Patrick Wayne "Pat" Beard (1947-2017), American steelworker and politician who served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1983 to 1994
  • 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
  • ... (Another 58 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Ernest Edmond  Beard (1887-1917), Canadian Stoker Petty Officer aboard the HMCS Niobe from Belleville, Ontario, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
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 and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Robert Alan Beard (b. 1919), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]


The Beard 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 Beard +

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

  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. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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