Show ContentsBeardsmore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Beardsmore is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Beardsmore family lived in Dorset. The original derivation of the name, however, is not related to that area, but is probably a geographical reference to some lost town, village, or parish. It is plausible that this place was in Staffordshire, as the name is extremely common in that area. [1]

Early Origins of the Beardsmore family

The surname Beardsmore was first found in Dorset, where they had been granted lands by their liege Lord, William the Conqueror, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Beardsmore family

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Beardsmore Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Beardsmore include Beardmore, Beardsmore, Berdmore, Berdsmore, Birdmore, Beedsmore and many more.

Early Notables of the Beardsmore family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Beardsmore family to Ireland

Some of the Beardsmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Beardsmore migration to Australia +

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

Beardsmore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Beardsmore, (b. 1787), aged 16, British convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, the settlement was listed as abandoned and most of the convicts transported to Tasmania on the "Queen" in 1804 [2]
  • Mr. William Beardsmore, English convict who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 25th January 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beardsmore (post 1700) +

  • Russell Peter Beardsmore (b. 1968), English former footballer
  • Colin Beardsmore (b. 1978), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Susan "Sue" Beardsmore (b. 1955), British former BBC television presenter

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 4th May 2022). on Facebook