Bard Family History

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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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Bard Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bard. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


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Bard Family Origin

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Bard Family Occupations

What did your Bard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Cultivateur, Not Given and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bard. The most common Bard occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 14% of Bard's were Cultivateurs. A less common occupation for the Bard family was Farmer.

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  • Cultivateur

  • Not Given

  • Blacksmith

  • Farmer


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Bard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Bard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Bard. For the veterans among your Bard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bard Life Expectancy

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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