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Where did the French Beufor family come from? What is the French Beufor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beufor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beufor family history?

The Beufor surname is derived from a place name. As such it is categorized as a local surname, first used where the original bearer of the name lived, held land, or was born. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. The place name Beaufort is derived from the Old French words "beau," which means "beautiful," and "fort," which means "strong," but which also refers to a military fort.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Beaufort, Beaufor, Beaufors, Beauford, Beaufore, Beauforte, Baufort, Baufor, Baufors, Bauford, Baufore, Bauforte, Bofort, Bofor, Bofors, Boford, Bofore, Boforte, Beufort, Beufor, Beufors, Beufore, Beuforte and many more.

First found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beufor research. Another 541 words(39 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1404, 1405, 1413, 1422, 1426, 1431, 1462, 1470, 1471, 1597, and 1616 are included under the topic Early Beufor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beufor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gaspar Beaufort who settled in Philadelphia in 1775; Philip Beaufort settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Rich. Beaufort, aged 18; settled in Virginia in 1635.

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The Beufor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beufor 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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