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Bard Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: from the Old French personal name Bard(e) ancient Germanic Bardo from barta ‘battle axe’. This was borne as a surname by a prominent Norman family with lands in west Normandy and in various English and Scottish counties including Essex Hertfordshire North Yorkshire Northumberland and Lanarkshire. In Scotland the original family were Norman landowners in Strathaven parish in Lanarkshire. They were descended from the Baards lords of Loftus in the North Yorkshire descendants of the mid 12th-century Richard Baart. Irish: altered form of either Beard or Baird . Scottish: from Gaelic bàrd ‘poet minstrel’. See Baird . French: nickname from Old French baard ‘sedan chair; stretcher’ probably denoting the owner of such a device. French: from Old French bart (from Late Latin barrum) ‘mud clay (used as a mortar)’ probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a bricklayer. French: habitational name from any of several minor places called Bard from the Gaulish element barro ‘height hill’.7: Hungarian (Bárd): metonymic occupational name for a butcher woodcutter or carpenter from bárd ‘hatchet cleaver’.8: Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with a luxurious beard from a blend of German Bart and Yiddish bord both meaning ‘beard’.9: Probably also an altered form of German Bart .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Barr, Hard, Beard, Bara, Bird, Gard, Bark, Yard, Baird, Bar

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You can see how Bard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 117 Bard families living in Quebec. This was about 33% of all the recorded Bard's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Bard families in 1911.
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What did your Bard ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Bard. 28% of Bard men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Bard women worked as a Domestic. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Journalier
    24%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Cultivateur
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Domestic
    100%
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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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