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

The history of the Beveridge family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living on Beverage, an island in the Severn River Estuary. The place name literally means beaver island, which explains the presence of the beaver on the family coat of arms. The surname Beveridge arises from two Old English words: beofer,which means beaver, and ige which means island. While the name Beveridge may have arisen in the southwest of England, it is generally associated with Yorkshire and Scotland.


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.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beveridge research. Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1302, 1923, 1637, 1708, 1704 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Beveridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beveridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Beveridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Beveridge, "Beveradge" U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783

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


  • 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



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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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