The Beauforte 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 Beauforte family
The surname Beauforte 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.
Early History of the Beauforte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beauforte 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 Beauforte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beauforte 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 Beauforte 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... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beauforte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beauforte family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gaspar Beaufort who settled in Philadelphia in 1775; Philip Beaufort settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Rich. Beaufort, aged 18; settled in Virginia in 1635.