The surname ‘Beaver’ is of English origin. It is derived from the Norman habitation from any of several places in France called ‘beauvoir’, for example in Manche, Somme, and Seine-Maritime, or from ‘Belvoir’, in Leicestershire, England. All of these get their names from the Old Flemish word ‘beu’, ‘bel’, meaning ‘faie’, ‘lovely’, and ‘ver’, ‘voir’, meaning ‘to see’ (from the Latin word ‘videre’), i.e. ‘a place with a fine view’. It is also a nickname derived from the Middle English word ‘bevere’, and Old English word ‘beofor’, both meaning ‘beaver’, possibly referring to a hard worker, or from some other fancied resemblance to the animal. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Beaver’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the thirteenth century were a ‘Prior de Beuver’, from Nottinghamshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but data extracted from Historical archive’s confirm that one of the first foremothers to bring this name to America was a certain ‘El… Coat of arms: Or, a fesse azure, between three lions rampant in chief gules, and a beaver passan…
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