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The BEARD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 47,128 660 0.017 175
United States (1880 census) 13,514 431 0.027 270
Change since 1880 +33614 -229 -0.01 -95
Other Countries
Australia 2,477 646 0.015 152
United Kingdom 9,498 632 0.021 207
Top States for BEARD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 4,542 562 0.022 218
California 2,883 1156 0.009 85
Tennessee 2,770 306 0.049 487
Illinois 2,178 535 0.018 175
Ohio 2,134 596 0.019 188
Top States for BEARD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 1,548 265 0.054 544
Tennessee 2,770 306 0.049 487
Arkansas 1,121 290 0.042 419
Alabama 1,687 424 0.038 379
Louisiana 1,602 380 0.036 358


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BEARD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BEARD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BEARD in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BEARD by picking someone at random in Mississippi than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BEARD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BEARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BEARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BEARD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 730 1.55
White (Hispanic) 683 1.45
Native American/Alaskan 306 0.65
Asian/Pacific 156 0.33
White (Caucasian) 36,331 77.09
Black/African American 8,921 18.93

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BEARD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BEARD in historical publications

BEARD. AVhen the unnatural process of shaving was unknown, as it was during a great part of tlie middle ages, many persons were known by sobriquets having reference to this appendage to the manly chin. Besides Beard, we have, or have had. Blackboard, Fairbeard, Longbeard, Heavj'beard, and Beardman, A coimnon form in fl.R. is cum JSarba, as Hugo cumBarba, Johannes cum Barba. In Domesd. the powerful Hugh de Montfort is sometimes described as Hugo Barbatus. The name may, however, be local, from Beard, a township in Derbyshire.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BEARD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BEARD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BEARD

The following words are slight variants of BEARD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.