Origins Available: English
The surname Bérard 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 Bérard, meant someone who was "as strong as a bear" having derived from Old French nickname berart.
Early Origins of the Bérard family
The surname Bérard 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
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bérard family
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Bérard 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 Bérard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bérard family to the New World and Oceana
Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bérard family to immigrate North America:
Bérard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Louis Berard, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905 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
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Bérard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Michel Bérard, son of François Bérard and Madeleine Renaud married Françoise Meunier, daughter of François and Marguerite Ledoux in Québec in 1748
- Francois Berard, who was settled in Quebec in 1748
- Louis Bérard, son of François Bérard and Madeleine Renaud married Geneviève Roy, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite Lalongé in Québec in 1751
- Pierre Bérard, son of Pierre-Louis Bérard and Jeanne Déry married Françoise Jacques, daughter of Nicolas and Catherine Allard in Québec in 1754
Contemporary Notables of the name Bérard (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