Richard Beard

Brief Life History of Richard

When Richard Beard was born on 20 March 1659, in Rottingdean, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, his father, Richard Beard Jr., was 55 and his mother, Anne Walker, was 24. He married Mary Streatfield about 1683, in Rottingdean, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Sussex, England, United Kingdom in 1659. He died on 28 January 1714, in Rottingdean, Sussex, England, at the age of 54, and was buried in Rottingdean, Sussex, England.

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Richard Beard
Mary Streatfield
Marriage: about 1683
Mary Beard or Streatfield

Sources (3)

  • Richard Beard, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Richard Beard, "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977"
  • Richard Beard, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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World Events (1)

1688 · Glorious Revolution

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.

Name Meaning


nickname for a bearded man (from Middle English berd, 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 placename 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. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, in particular German Barth 1.

habitational name from a place called Beard in Derbyshire (now represented by Beard Hall and Beardwood Farms in New Mills parish), which derives its name by dissimilation from Old English brerd ‘rim, bank’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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