Beer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The modern state of Germany is the glorious birthplace of the surname Beer. By and large, hereditary surname were formed in Germany when most of the German states were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. A common form of surname found in Germany are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Beer was a name for a person who had the strength of a bear. Ancient records reveal the name Beer is derived from the Old German word ber, which means bear.

Early Origins of the Beer family

The surname Beer was first found in Silesia and Bohemia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the family became a well-known and integral part of those regions.

Important Dates for the Beer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beer research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1813, 1334, 1786, 1666, 1655, 1700 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Beer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Beer, Beere, Beare, Beerr, Beerre, Bear, Beerli (Swiss), Beeren, Beren, Beering and many more.

Early Notables of the Beer family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Beer were Johann Beer also Bahr, Behr or Bär, (1655-1700); an Austrian author, court official and composer; and Christian Theophil Chrisostomus Beer, who came from a...
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Beer migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Beer, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1706
  • Heinrich Beer, who landed in America in 1731 [1]
  • Venn Beer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Valtin Beer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Philip, Beer Jr., who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
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Beer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Beer, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • Hannah Beer, age 36, who arrived in New York City in 1820
  • William Beer, who arrived in New York in 1825 [1]
  • James Beer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1827 [1]
  • Bernh Beer, who arrived in America in 1845 [1]
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Beer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Beer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Beer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]
  • Elizabeth Beer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]
  • George Richard Beer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]
  • James Beer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [3]
  • Susannah Beer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Beer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Beer, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [4]
  • Mrs. Martha Beer, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [4]
  • Thomas Beer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • John Beer, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Mrs. Maria Beer, (b.1828), aged 48, Cornish settler departing on 7th September 1876 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 11th December 1876 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Beer (post 1700)

  • Randall Beer, American professor of cognitive science, computer science, and informatics at Indiana University
  • Roy E. Beer, American Democrat politician, Chair of Woodford County Democratic Party, 1950 [6]
  • 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 [6]
  • Nelson R. Beer, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Aurora, Indiana, 1967-69 (acting, 1967-68) [6]
  • Larry Beer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1996, 2000 [6]
  • Henry Ward Beer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 [6]
  • Harold Beer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1940 [6]
  • Frank W. Beer, American Democrat politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1933-34 [6]
  • F. E. Beer, American politician, Mayor of San Mateo, California, 1928 [6]
  • Charles Beer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912 [6]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Beer family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Edward Myron Beer (b. 1966), American Private 2nd Class from Orlando, Florida, USA who died in the crash [7]
Bismarck
  • Kurt Beer (1921-1941), German Matrose II who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Cyril Beer, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Alexander Edward Beer (d. 1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  8. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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