Beveridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the Beveridge family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living on Beverege, an island in the Severn River, about 4 miles north of Worcester.
"Mr. Beveridge says the origin of the name is to be found in 'Beverege,' the name of an island in the Severn referred to by Florence of Worcester as a retreat of the Danes during a revolt of the English [in 1041]. The name, he correctly says, means 'Beaver island,' from Old English befer or beofer, and ig or ige, island."  Later known as Bevere Island, this island became a refuge once again during the Black Death.
Camden notes: "The existence of the beaver in Britain within historical memory seems proved by such names as Beverege, Beverley, perhaps but less likely Beverstone in Gloucestershire." He speaks of beavers in his time in the Teifi, but in Teifi only. Another source noted the name was derived from "Beferige, i. e. 'the Beaver's edge,' Several other local names in Befer, in that collection, show that the beaver was an inhabitant of this island in Saxon times." 
While the name Beveridge may have arisen in the southwest of England, it is generally associated with Yorkshire and Scotland.
Early Origins of the Beveridge family
The surname Beveridge was first found in Buckinghamshire where the first record of the family was Wido, William Beverage who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212 and later in the Pipe Rolls of Surrey in 1230. Richard Bevereche was listed c. 1240 in Huntingdonshire. The Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1280 list William Bauerich.  This latter source notes the origin of the name as having derived from the Middle English word "beuerage," or the Old French word "bevrege, buverage" meaning "drink, liquor for consumption." By far, the lion's share of sources claim that the name originates from the aforementioned Beverege Island with this source and one other eluding to the more contemporary use of the word.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Hugh Beverach, Cambridgeshire; Ralph Beverache, Cambridgeshire; Agnes Beverach, Cambridgeshire; Halter Beverage, Lincolnshire; and Thomas Beverage, Yorkshire.  Some of the family moved north into Northumberland and into Scotland about the year 1200.
In Scotland it was a name very difficult for the Scottish tongue, pronunciation and spellings became numerous. Here they settled in St. Andrews in 1302 where Walter Beverage is named as juror on an inquest at St. Andrews. Years later, Henry Beveragh was witness in Paisley, 1504 and a decree against Alexander Bauerage is recorded in 1531. David Beverage was cup-bearer to James V in 1534. 
Important Dates for the Beveridge family
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Beveridge Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Beveridge include Beveridge, Belfridge, Belfrage, Beverage, Beveradge, Bevidge, Bevige, Berridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Beveridge family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Beveridge (1637-1708), an English clergyman, Bishop of St Asaph (1704-1708.) He was the "son of the Rev. William Beveridge, B.D., was...
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Beveridge migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beveridge or a variant listed above:
Typical Beveridge Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Beveridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Beveridge who settled in New England in 1685
Beveridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jenneti Beveridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 
- Mary Beveridge, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Beveridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Beveridge, who landed in Albany, NY in 1818 
- Robert Beveridge, who arrived in New York in 1823
- Helen Beveridge, who arrived in Iowa in 1848 
- Robert Beveridge, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 
- Andrew Beveridge, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 
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Beveridge migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Beveridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. David Beveridge, "Beveradge" U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 
Beveridge migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Beveridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Beveridge, a joiner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Beveridge, English convict from Oyer, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
Beveridge 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:
Beveridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Beveridge, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 
- James Beveridge, who landed in Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
- Mr. John Beveridge, (b. 1841), aged 28, British farmer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 
- Mrs. Isabella Beveridge, (b. 1845), aged 24, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 
Contemporary Notables of the name Beveridge (post 1700)
- John Lourie Beveridge (1824-1910), American politician, 16th Governor of Illinois (1873-1877)
- George D. Beveridge (1922-1987), American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist known for his work at The Washington Post
- Daeida Hartell Wilcox Beveridge (1861-1914), American entrepreneur who co-founded and named the town of Hollywood, Los Angeles
- Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862-1927), American politician and historian, U.S. Senator from Indiana (1899-1911)
- Judith Beveridge (b. 1956), English-born, Australian poet, editor and academic
- Mr. Allan Beveridge B.E.M.,, British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for voluntary service to the community in Peebles 
- William Ian Beardmore "WIB" Beveridge (1908-2006), Australian animal pathologist and director of the Institute of Animal Pathology, University of Cambridge
- William Wightman Beveridge (1858-1941), Scottish footballer capped three times by the Scotland national football team
- Graeme Beveridge (b. 1976), Scottish rugby player
- William Stanley "Bill" Beveridge (1909-1995), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender who played from 1929 to 1943
- ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Beveridge family
- Mr. Roy Beveridge (b. 1922), English Ordnance Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Blaydon-on Tyne, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking 
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