How were Beards Named?

There are many types of beards, of course, and each one has a different name for a special reason. A short, pointed beard is called a “Van Dyke”, and this name soon came to be applied to the kind of the beard he had painted!

A “goatee” is just a little bit of a beard on the chin, and the name  comes from the fact that it resembles the beard of a he-goat. A tuft of beard under the lower lip is called an “imperial”, because Emperor Napoleon III of France used to wear one.

When a man has air along the cheeks past both ears, he is said to have “burnsides”. This is named after a general of the Civil War, General Ambrose Burnside. Someday this type of beard has the name twisted around and is called sideburns!

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