Last name: Beard

This unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon and Old French origin, and is one of the oldest recorded in England appearing in the Domesday Book of 1086 in its Old French (Norman) form of "Hugo a la Barbe", in Hampshire. As a surname it has grown very naturally from a nickname for a wearer of a beard, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "beard", and it often appears in early records in a prepositional form, such as Thomas Onelabarbe ("Thomas with the beard", 1280, Somerset). Between the 12th and 16th Centuries it was usual for men to be clean shaven, so the wearer of a beard was conspicuous during the crucial period for surname formation. The name could also be locational from Beard in Derbyshire, which means "(on) the bank or brim". The final "s" in the surname indicates the patronymic form, i.e., "son of Beard". Recordings from London Church Registers include: the christening of John, son of Richard Beard, on April 4th 1578, at St. Mary Woolnoth; the marriage of William Beard and Johane Reve on January 23rd 1590, at St. Gregory by St. Paul's; and the marriage of George Beard and Isabell Deane on November 15th 1598, at St. Dunstan's, Stepney. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a black shield, on a silver chevron, between ten silver martlets, five ogresses, the Crest being a lion's gamb couped gold, grasping a horse's leg erased above the knees black. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alsi Berd, which was dated 1086, in "Inquests of Ely", Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King William 1, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1086. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Carolyn Wright
Have just discovered that I'm related to the Beard family on my Dad's mother's side: My gt-gt grandma, Ellen Beard. She was born in Chapel-en-le-Frith in Derbyshire, UK.

christopher beard
Interesting, I am from California moved to South Carolina after joining the Air Force. I have notice in the college that I go to that there is 8 other beards strange since I have never meet a beard out side my family.

Evan Beard
My father is Graham Beard, his dad John Beard, his dad George Beard. We all live in ottawa ontario

jane beard
my dad is christian beard his dad charlie beard my dad as 2 brothers and 8 sisters we are from london

john beard
the original beards were anglo-saxon and the name goes back to Domesday Book - 1086. check the beards in gloucestershire/herefordshire, there are lots of them.

Martin John Beard
Just wanted to say hello to all the Beard folk out there. I'm the 5th generation of John Beard's in Oakham, in the kingdom of Mercia, England. Just started my family tree following a couple of visits to family estates and castles close to where I live.

ross wilson
Hi. My Grandfather married a Emma Susannah Beard in 1913 Sydney and I have followed that line back to Wm. Beard Chr. 4 Sept 1571 Bedford England. Can anyone connect me back any further? Thankyou.

Annmaree Ennor
Hi. I know my surname say Ennor. I was a Beard but I had to change it when my mum married. I wished to have kept the Beard name though. I am interested in finding out about my ancestory because I'd liketo create my family tree. I'm frim Australia, Queensland. My mum is Cheryl Ennor ne. Beard, my granddad Frederick Beard.

Paula Beard Rose
I live and am from Kentucky. My great aunt has traced back family our orgins to England, 1735. I would like to continue her research. Without consulting my books I can only remember back to my great grandfather, Joshua Beard, he migrated from Virginia. Anyone out there think they might be connected?

Cheyenne Beard Hornburg

My paternal grandfather was James Earl Beard. He was born near Oklahoma City. The rest of my immediate family lives in central Texas.

chelsie marie beard

Just wanted to say hello.

Michael D, Beard

I Don't know much about my family history only know my father's name was Wesley Marlin Beard last known residence was Houston Tx. He die in June of 1990. Can anyone provide more information?


Just throwing it out there. I'm Matt Beard of central Texas. Son of John and Linda. Grandson of Stan and Dot Beard

Rhys Watts-Beard
Im a beard although my name says watts due to a court order, i live in perth WA australia and im interested in finding anyone who is related