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

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • School

    4%
  • Servant

    4%

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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Between 1941 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Beard

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