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Bard Name Meaning

Scottish: occupational name from Gaelic bàrd ‘poet’, ‘minstrel’, ‘singer’. See also Baird. Scottish: perhaps also a habitational name (early forms such as Henry de Barde and Richard de Baard are recorded, and ‘de’ usually signifies ‘from’), but no suitable place has been identified. French: habitational name from any of the several minor places called Bar(d), from the Gaulish element barro ‘height’, ‘hill’. Compare Barre. French: metonymic occupational name for someone who used a handcart or barrow in his work, from Old French bard ‘barrow’. French: from Old French bart ‘mud’, ‘clay’ (Late Latin barrum, apparently of Celtic origin), in which case it is either a topographic name for someone living in a muddy area or an occupational name for a builder or bricklayer. Hungarian (Bárd): metonymic occupational name for a butcher, woodcutter or carpenter, from bárd ‘hatchet’, ‘cleaver’. Derivation from bárd ‘poet’ is unlikely because the word was borrowed from Gaelic only in the late 18th century. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with a luxurious beard, from a blend of German Bart and Yiddish bord, both meaning ‘beard’. Probably also an altered spelling of German Bart.

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


Similar surnames: Barr, Hard, Beard, Bara, Bird, Gard, Bark, Yard, Baird, Bar

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You can see how Bard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bard families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Bard families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 31% of all the recorded Bard's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bard families in 1840.
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What did your Bard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bard. 18% of Bard men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Bard women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bard were Clerk and Clerk.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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What is the average Bard lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bard in 1944 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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