Beauford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Beauford surname is derived from a place name. As such it is categorized as a local surname, first used where the original bearer of the name lived, held land, or was born. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. The place name Beaufort is derived from the Old French words "beau," which means "beautiful," and "fort," which means "strong," but which also refers to a military fort.
Early Origins of the Beauford family
The surname Beauford was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.
However, we must look to ancient England to find the first record of the family. Obviously of Norman ancestry, John de Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset was born illegitimately between 1371 and 1373. He was the son of John of Gaunt. He was appointed Knight, Order of the Garter c. 1397. In February 1397 his illegitimate birth was legitimated by Parliament and Papal decree. He was the progenitor of the Beaufort family in England.
Important Dates for the Beauford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beauford research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1404, 1405, 1413, 1422, 1426, 1431, 1462, 1470, 1471, 1597, and 1616 are included under the topic Early Beauford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beauford Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Beaufort, Beaufor, Beaufors, Beauford, Beaufore, Beauforte, Baufort, Baufor, Baufors, Bauford, Baufore, Bauforte, Bofort, Bofor, Bofors, Boford, Bofore, Boforte, Beufort, Beufor, Beufors, Beufore, Beuforte and many more.
Early Notables of the Beauford family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family name at this time was John Beaufort (1373-1410), 1st Marquess of Somerset, 1st Marquess of Dorset, later only 1st Earl of Somerset, first of the four illegitimate children of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford, later his wife, Constable...
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Beauford migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Beauford Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Beauford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Rich Beauford, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 
- Richard Beauford, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 
Beauford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A Beauford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
Contemporary Notables of the name Beauford (post 1700)
- Clayton Maurice Beauford (b. 1963), former professional American football player who played for the Cleveland Browns (1987)
- Carter Anthony Beauford (b. 1957), American drummer, percussionist, and founding member of Dave Matthews Band
- Beauford H. Jester (1893-1949), American politician, Governor of Texas (1947 to 1949)
- Beauford T Anderson (1922-1996), American soldier, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 for heroism in WWII
- Beauford Halbert Jester (1893-1949), American Democrat politician, Governor of Texas, 1947-49; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1948 
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