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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. 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


Similar surnames: Bever, Weaver, Beaber, Berner, Beamer, Haver, Seaver, Beever, Blamer

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Where is the Beaver family from?

You can see how Beaver families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beaver family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beaver families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 61 Beaver families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Beaver's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Beaver families in 1840.
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What did your Beaver ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Beaver. 18% of Beaver men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Beaver women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beaver were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Beaver. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Beaver. For the veterans among your Beaver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beaver lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Beaver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Beaver in 1942 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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