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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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

While the name Beveridge may have arisen in the southwest of England, it is generally associated with Yorkshire and Scotland.

Beveridge Early Origins



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. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Beveridge Spelling Variations


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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.

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Beveridge Early History


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Beveridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beveridge research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1923, 1637, 1708, 1704 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Beveridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beveridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beveridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Beveridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beveridge In Ireland


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Beveridge In Ireland



Some of the Beveridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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:

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 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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beveridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Beveridge, "Beveradge" U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Beveridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Beveridge, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís 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, Austraila

Beveridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Beveridge landed in Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beveridge (post 1700)


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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
  • 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
  • Adam J. Beveridge (1826-1907), Scottish-born, Canadian lumber merchant and politician in New Brunswick
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Beveridge Historic Events


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Beveridge Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • 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 on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  11. ...

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