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Berard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , French


The surname Berard is derived from a nickname in the Old French. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demi-gods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends that portrayed animals behaving as humans. The Old French nickname Berard, meant someone who was "as strong as a bear" having derived from Old French nickname berart.


Early Origins of the Berard family


The surname Berard was first found in Brittany, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They held a family seat in that province at Demaine where they were nobility from about the times of the Norman invasion of England in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Berard family


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Berard Spelling Variations


The Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, and therefore, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Berard, Barrard, Berad and others.

Early Notables of the Berard family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Berard family to the New World and Oceana


Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Berard family to immigrate North America:

Berard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Berard, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Camille Berard, aged 20, who landed in America from Rochefosore, France, in 1908
  • Charles Berard, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1912
  • Eugene Berard, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States from Lyon, France, in 1912
  • Juliette Berard, aged 10, who landed in America from Molisres y Fice, France, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Berard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Gabriel Berard, son of Pierre and Isabelle, married Geneviève Hayot, daughter of Jean-Adrien and Louise, in Quebec on 23rd October 1673 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.

Berard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Gabriel Berard, son of Gabriel and Geneviève, married Marie-Angélique Desorey, daughter of Michel and Françoise, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 30th January 1713 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • François Berard, son of Gabriel and Geneviève, married Madeleine Renaud, daughter of Jean-Bernard and Jeanne, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 26th October 1722 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jean-François Berard, son of Gabriel and Geneviève, married Thérèse Renaut, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 11th August 1722 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre Berard, son of Gabriel and Geneviève, married Catherine Joly, daughter of Jean-Julien and Catherine, in Sorel, Quebec on 9th January 1724 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Gabriel Berard, son of Gabriel and Geneviève, married Thérèse Chevalier, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Catherine, in Sorel, Quebec on 24th November 1732 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Berard (post 1700)


  • Bryan Wallace Berard (b. 1977), American professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Costan W Berard, American physician
  • André Bérard (b. 1940), Canadian businessman, President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of the National Bank of Canada
  • Armand Berard (1904-1989), French Diplomat, Ambassador to the UN
  • Léon Bérard (1876-1960), French politician and lawyer with l'Académie française
  • Victor Bérard (1864-1931), French classical scholar
  • Joseph Frédéric Bérard (1789-1828), French physician and philosopher
  • Christian Bérard (1902-1949), French painter and designer
  • Berard Haile O.F.M (1874-1961), American Franciscan friar

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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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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