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Beard Family History

Beard Name Meaning
nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation. There is a place name and other evidence to show that this word was used as a byname in the Old English period, when beards were the norm; in this period the byname would have referred to a large or noticeable beard. As an American surname, this name has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, in particular German Bart.habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, which derives its name by dissimilation from Old English brerd ‘rim’, ‘bank’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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18,584 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Beard Families

  • Number of Beard families
     257 - 512
     86 - 256
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Beard families
     694 - 1,385
     232 - 693
     1 - 231
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Beard families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Beard Family Origin

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Beard Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Beard

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Beard Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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