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Beaver Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of several places in France called Beauvoir, for example in Manche, Somme, and Seine-Maritime, or from Belvoir in Leicestershire. All of these are named with Old French beu, bel ‘fair’, ‘lovely’ + veïr, voir ‘to see’, i.e. a place with a fine view. English: nickname from Middle English bevere, 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. Probably a translation of cognates of 2 in other languages, in particular Dutch Bever and German Bieber. Possibly a variant of Welsh Bevan.

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

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

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Beaver Family Origin

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Beaver Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Beaver occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Beaver's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Beaver family was Laborer. Farmer, Fisherman and Hunter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Beaver.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Hunter

  • Laborer


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Beaver Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 117,000 census records available for the last name Beaver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beaver 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Beaver. 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 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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Beaver Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Beaver ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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