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The name Beaver was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Beaver family lived in Berkshire. The family name, however, is of other geographical derivations, referring to any of several locations in Normandy called Beauvoir. The name is composed of the Old French roots beu, which means fair or lovely, and voir, which means to see, and indicates the bearer's residence in "a place with a fine view."

Beaver Early Origins



The surname Beaver 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.

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Beaver Spelling Variations


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Beaver Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Beaver has been recorded under many different variations, including Beaver, Beavor, Beavers, Beavors, Beavoirs, Beevers and many more.

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Beaver Early History


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Beaver Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaver research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beaver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beaver Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Beaver 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Beavers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Beaver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Beaver, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Mathew Beaver, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Charles Beaver, who landed in Maryland in 1666
  • Francis Beaver, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Richard Beaver, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beaver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Geo Dewalt Beaver, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Geo Beaver, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Harts Jacob Beaver, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Dieble Beaver, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Mr. Beaver, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beaver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Beaver, aged 20, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • Mary Beaver, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Michael Beaver, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • G W Beaver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J. Beaver, who was on record in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beaver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Beaver who came to Fort Cumberland in Nova Scotia in 1745
  • Elizabeth Beaver, aged 30, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775

Beaver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Beaver, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Beaver, English Convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Beaver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edwin Beaver, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beaver (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beaver (post 1700)



  • Robert Beaver (b. 1949), American experimental film maker
  • Paul Beaver (1926-1975), American jazz musician and a pioneer in popular electronic music, using the Moog synthesizer
  • Louise Beaver (1902-1962), American film and television actress
  • James Norman "Jim" Beaver Jr. (b. 1950), American stage, film, and television actor, playwright, screenwriter, and film historian
  • James Addams Beaver (1837-1914), American politician
  • Jefferson A. Beaver, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960
  • James R. Beaver, American politician, Mayor of Kennewick, Washington, 1996-
  • James Addams Beaver (1837-1914), American Republican politician, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1887-91; Defeated, 1882; Superior Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1896-1906
  • J. A. Beaver, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Laclede County, 1950
  • Danny Ray Beaver, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1994
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Beaver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beaver 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.

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