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The present generation of the Beers family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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.

Beers Early Origins



The surname Beers 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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Beers Spelling Variations


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Beers Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Beers include Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.

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Beers Early History


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Beers Early History



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

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Beers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beers Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Beers were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Beers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Beers, who landed in Watertown Massachusetts in 1635
  • Richard Beers, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Anthony Beers, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1657

Beers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Beers, age 32, who came to New York city in 1812
  • Edward Beers, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Ellis Beers, who landed in New York in 1826
  • Thomas Beers, who landed in Maryland in 1834
  • G F Beers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beers (post 1700)



  • J. Maxwell Beers (b. 1942), American Republican politician, Mayor of Elmira, New York, 1936-42
  • Betsy Beers, American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated executive producer for ABC, known for her work on Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice, and How to Get Away With Murder
  • Robert O. Beers (1916-2005), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania Senate (1963-1970)
  • Bob L. Beers (b. 1951), American politician, Nevada State Assemblyman (2006-)
  • Robert "Bob" Beers (b. 1967), American former NHL hockey player and current radio commentator for the Boston Bruins
  • Alanson Beers (1808-1853), American pioneer and politician, Member of the Executive Committee of the Provisional Government of Oregon (1843-1844)
  • Ethelinda Lynn Beers (1827-1879), American poet
  • Clarence Scott Beers (1918-2002), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Robert Charles Beers (b. 1967), retired American professional ice hockey defenseman
  • Lorna Doone Beers (1897-1989), American novelist, poet, memoirist, and author of children's books
  • ... (Another 49 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Beers


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Suggested Readings for the name Beers



  • The Beers Genealogy by Mary Louise Regan.

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Beers Family Crest Products


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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. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Beers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beers 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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