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

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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1880, the most common Bard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Bard's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bard family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bard.

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Between 1944 and 2004, 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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