Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: occupational name from Gaelic bàrd ‘poet’,
‘minstrel’, ‘singer’. See also Baird.
- Scottish: perhaps also a habitational name (early forms such as Henry de Barde
and Richard de Baard are recorded, and ‘de’ usually signifies ‘from’),
but no suitable place has been identified.
- French: habitational
name from any of the several minor places called Bar(d), from the
Gaulish element barro ‘height’, ‘hill’. Compare Barre.
- French: metonymic occupational name for someone who used a
handcart or barrow in his work, from Old French bard
- French: from Old French bart ‘mud’, ‘clay’ (Late
Latin barrum, apparently of Celtic origin), in which case it is
either a topographic name for someone living in a muddy area or an
occupational name for a builder or bricklayer.
(Bárd): metonymic occupational name for a butcher,
woodcutter or carpenter, from bárd ‘hatchet’,
‘cleaver’. Derivation from bárd ‘poet’ is unlikely because
the word was borrowed from Gaelic only in the late 18th
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with a
luxurious beard, from a blend of German Bart and Yiddish
bord, both meaning ‘beard’.
- Probably also an altered
spelling of German Bart.
- Peter Bard, a French Huguenot, came via London to DE and from there
to Burlington, NJ, in the late 17th century.
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