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The Beaufort 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.

Beaufort Early Origins



The surname Beaufort 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.

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Beaufort Spelling Variations


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Beaufort 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.

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Beaufort Early History


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Beaufort Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaufort research. Another 541 words (39 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 Beaufort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beaufort Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beaufort Early Notables (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...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaufort Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beaufort Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rich. Beaufort, aged 18, settled in Virginia in 1635

Beaufort Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Beaufort, who landed in Virginia in 1729
  • Caspar Beaufort, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Casper Beaufort, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Gaspar Beaufort who settled in Philadelphia in 1775

Beaufort Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Beaufort settled in Philadelphia in 1834

Beaufort Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Beaufort married Marie-Joseph Dubois in Quebec in 1718
  • Pierre Beaufort married Marie-Joseph Lecuyer in Quebec in 1735

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beaufort (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beaufort (post 1700)



  • CW Beaufort, American State Senator, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A
  • Duke of Beaufort,
  • Henry Beaufort (1377-1447), English prelate
  • Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), British naval officer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Beaufort Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beaufort 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 July 2013 at 11:21.

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