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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : most probably a variant of Beaufort.
  • Possibly an Anglicized spelling of French Buffard, which is from Old French bouffard, a term which meant ‘puffing and blowing’, hence an unflattering nickname for an irascible or self-important man.
  • American bearers of this name are mostly descended from Richard Beauford or Beaufort, who came from England to Lancaster co., VA, in 1635.

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