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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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

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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