Origin of the Name Baird
The ancient history of the name Baird
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The names Bard and Baird are usually of Scottish Gaelic origin and are derived from a Gaelic word meaning a 'bard', a minstrel, singer or poet. The name can also be of locational origin from places so called in Scotland. A very early record of the name refers to a Henry de Barde in about the year circa 1202 who is recorded as having witnessed the gift by Thomas de Haya to the House of Soltre during the reign of King William 'The Lion'. More recently was the inventor John Logie Baird who invented television and who was educated in Glasgow.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Since that time these names have become very well established in Counties Antrim and Down.
The Baird coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Baird descendants.