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Beaver Family History

Beaver Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of several places in France called Beauvoir, for example in Manche, Somme, and Seine-Maritime, or from Belvoir in Leicestershire. All of these are named with Old French beu, bel ‘fair’, ‘lovely’ + veïr, voir ‘to see’, i.e. a place with a fine view.English: nickname from Middle English bevere, Old English beofor ‘beaver’, possibly referring to a hard worker, or from some other fancied resemblance to the animal. adm The existence of patronymic forms such as Beaverson suggest that this may also have been a personal name.Probably a translation of cognates of 2 in other languages, in particular Dutch Bever and German Bieber.Possibly a variant of Welsh Bevan.

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

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Name Distribution of Beaver Families

  • Number of Beaver families
     180 - 357
     61 - 179
     1 - 60
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Beaver families
     127 - 252
     43 - 126
     1 - 42
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Beaver families
     6 - 9
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Beaver Family Origin

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Beaver Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Beaver

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Beaver Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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