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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. 
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.
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.
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.
Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
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
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
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, NB aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
- David Béard was a store-keeper in Indian Cove, Newfoundland in 1871
- 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
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
- Elija Beard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
- 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
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
- 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
- A Beard Mosaic: David Beard and His Descendants by Virginia Beard Asterino.
- History of the Beard, Bedichek, Craven and Allied Families by Pauline Beard.
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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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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