This name most unusually has a meaning much as it sounds in modern parlance. It derives from the Middle English "beverage" and generally means "a brewer", one who manufactures liquor for consumption. The name can also have the meaning of "one who gives a beverage" i.e. a form of money bond but with the liquor replacing the usual coinage. The writer Langland in 1362, states "Bargeyns and beuarges bigonne to aryse" implying that it was a new custom or occupation in that period. The name development includes William Baurerich (1280, Somerset), Robert Beurich (1315, Huntingdon) which in 1580 Ann Beveridge married Robert Fuller at St.Stephens, London, on 11th September. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Beverage, which was dated 1212, The King Rolls of Berkshire, during the reign of King John "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. 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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