Origins Available: English
Beauvoir is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Beauvoir family lived in Berkshire. The family name, however, is of other geographical derivations, referring to any of several locations in Normandy
The name is composed of the Old French roots beu,
which means fair
and voir, which means to see,
and indicates the bearer's residence in "a place with a fine view."
Early Origins of the Beauvoir family
The surname Beauvoir was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the Beauvoir family
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Beauvoir 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 Beauvoir include Beaver, Beavor, Beavers, Beavors, Beavoirs, Beevers and many more.
Early Notables of the Beauvoir family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beauvoir family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Beauvoirs to arrive on North American shores: Matthew Beaver, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; John Beaver, who settled in New England
in 1699; Bridget Beavers, who came to Annapolis Maryland in 1730.
Contemporary Notables of the name Beauvoir (post 1700)
- Max Gesner Beauvoir (1936-2015), Haitian biochemist and houngan (priest in Haitian Vodou)