Beard Family History

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Beard Name Meaning

nickname for a bearded man (Middle English, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation. There is a place name and other evidence to show that this word was used as a byname in the Old English period, when beards were the norm; in this period the byname would have referred to a large or noticeable beard. As an American surname, this name has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, in particular German Bart. habitational name from a place in Derbyshire, which derives its name by dissimilation from Old English brerd ‘rim’, ‘bank’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bard, Bear, Heard, Beach, Board, Bald, Lear, Byard, Bedard, Bark

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Beard Family Origin

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Beard Family Occupations

What did your Beard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Beard. The most common Beard occupation in Canada was Farmer. 38% of Beard's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Beard family was Servant.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • School

  • Servant


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Beard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 367,000 census records available for the last name Beard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beard 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Beard. 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 54,000 military records available for the last name Beard. For the veterans among your Beard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Beard Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Beard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Beard in 1941 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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