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Beaver Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from Belvoir in Leicestershire pronounced beever (/bi:və/) so named with Old French beu bel ‘fair lovely’ + veïr voir ‘to see’ i.e. a place with a fine view. This name may also be derived from any of several places in France called Beauvoir for example in Manche Somme and Seine-Maritime all of which have the same etymology as above. English: nickname from Middle English bever bevre (Old English beofor) ‘beaver’ possibly referring to a hard worker or from some other fancied resemblance to the animal. The existence of patronymic forms such as Beaverson suggest that this may also have been a personal name. Native American (Creek): from a translation into English of the Muscogee Creek clan name Echaswvlke (‘Beaver clan’) derived from a word meaning ‘beaver’. Native American: translation into English (and shortening) of any other personal name based on a word such as Cheyenne homa'e meaning ‘beaver’. The importance of the beaver to Native Americans is reflected in their traditional personal names some of which were adopted as surnames (translated into English) e.g. Beaver Heart (in Cheyenne Homa'ehesta; see also Hart ). Americanized form (translation into English) of cognates of 2 above in other languages in particular Dutch Bever and German Bieber .

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

Similar surnames: Bever, Weaver, Beaber, Berner, Beamer, Haver, Seaver, Beever, Blamer

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You can see how Beaver families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beaver family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beaver families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 106 Beaver families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Beaver's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Beaver families in 1911.
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What did your Beaver ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Beaver. 27% of Beaver men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Beaver women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beaver were Hunter and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Fisherman
  • Hunter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
  • Saleslady
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There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Beaver. For the veterans among your Beaver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beaver lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Beaver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Beaver in 1942 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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