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The ancestors of the name Beer date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Beer family lived in Devon, where they took their name from one of the many places named Bear, Beare, Beara, et c., found in that county. The surname is likely to be derived from the Old English word bearu, which means grove. Several early instances of that name are in the form le beare, or the bear, from the Old English bera.

Beer Early Origins



The surname Beer was first found in Devon where there are two places on the banks of Tamar called Beer-Alston and Beer-Ferris. In Dorset, place names include Beer- Hacket and Beer-Regis. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest reference of the name was in Devon where it was listed as Bera in the Domesday Book [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Beer Spelling Variations


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Beer Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Beer are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Beer include: Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.

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Beer Early History


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Beer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beer research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1684, 1354 and 1355 are included under the topic Early Beer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 17 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beer 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Beer or a variant listed above:

Beer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Beer, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1706
  • Heinrich Beer, who landed in America in 1731
  • Venn Beer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Valtin Beer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Philip, Beer Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Beer, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Hannah Beer, age 36, arrived in New York City in 1820
  • William Beer, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • James Beer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1827
  • Bernh Beer, who arrived in America in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Beer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Elizabeth Beer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • George Richard Beer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • James Beer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Susannah Beer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Beer arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • John Beer, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beer (post 1700)



  • Roy E. Beer, American Democrat politician, Chair of Woodford County Democratic Party, 1950
  • Richard Cameron Beer (b. 1893), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Nassau, 1917-18; Ottawa, 1918-19; Havana, 1919; Bradford, 1919-20; Liverpool, 1920-21; London, 1921-22; Budapest, 1922; Belfast, 1924
  • Peter Hill Beer (b. 1928), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1979-94
  • Nelson R. Beer, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Aurora, Indiana, 1967-69 (acting, 1967-68)
  • Larry Beer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1996, 2000
  • Henry Ward Beer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944
  • Harold Beer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1940
  • Frank W. Beer, American Democrat politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1933-34
  • F. E. Beer, American politician, Mayor of San Mateo, California, 1928
  • Charles Beer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Beer Historic Events


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Beer Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Edward Myron Beer (b. 1966), American Private 2nd Class from Orlando, Florida, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Cyril Beer, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Beer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beer 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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