Show ContentsBeauregard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the name Beauregard begins in the French province of Limousin in medieval times. Beauregard was a name for someone who lived in Limousin. The name may also be a nickname for a person who lived in a place of exceptional beauty, for the name translates as "beautiful to look at." There is another possibility; the name may be a nickname, given to an exceptionally good looking person, or perhaps it could be a nickname given ironically. This makes this name polygenetic. A polygenetic name is a name that may have more than one origin and may have been adopted by several groups of people more or less independently of each other.

Early Origins of the Beauregard family

The surname Beauregard was first found in Limousin, where the family has held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Beauregard family

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Beauregard Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Beauregard, including Beauregard, Beauregar, Beauregardes, Bauregard, Boregard, Boreguarde, Beuregar, Beuregardes and many more.

Early Notables of the Beauregard family

Notable amongst the family was

  • The Chevalier de Beauregard (c.1665- c.1692) French officer who was active in Siam, Governor of Bangkok and Mergui

Beauregard World Ranking

In the United States, the name Beauregard is the 4,058th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 1 However, in Canada, the name Beauregard is ranked the 475th most popular surname with an estimated 10,128 people with that name. 2 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Beauregard is the 177th popular surname. 3 France ranks Beauregard as 8,166th with 1,000 - 1,500 people. 4

United States Beauregard migration to the United States +

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Beauregard has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Beauregard were

Beauregard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Beauregard, who settled in Louisiana in 1720

Canada Beauregard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beauregard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jacques Beauregard, who arrived in Canada in 1643
  • André Jarret sieur de Beauregard, lieutenant of Salière Company, Carignan Regiment, who arrived in Quebec in 1665, and married Marguerite Anthiaume in Montréal, in 1676
  • Germain Beauregard, who landed in Acadia in 1687
Beauregard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Antoine Dupuis dit Beauregard of Gascogne, whose marriage to Marie-Anne Maranda is on record in Montréal in 1706

Contemporary Notables of the name Beauregard (post 1700) +

  • Nathan Beauregard (1887-1970), born Nathan Bogard, an American blues singer and guitarist
  • Pierre Gustave Toutant "P.G.T." Beauregard (1818-1893), Louisiana-born American military officer, politician, the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War, eponym of the SS General Beauregard
  • Robin Mary Beauregard (b. 1979), American gold, silver and bronze medalist water polo player
  • Nathan Beauregard (1890-1970), American musician
  • Leo B. Beauregard, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Keene 2nd Ward, 1938 5
  • Eugene Beauregard, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1968 5
  • Pierre Raphaël Paillot de Beauregard, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 6
  • Jean-Nicolas Beauregard (1733-1804), French Jesuit preacher, pulpit orator and émigré priest
  • Georges de Beauregard (1920-1984), French producer
  • Blanche Lamontagne- Beauregard (1889-1958), Canadian poet, the first published female poet from Québec
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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