Throughout history, we have seen men sport some seriously epic beards. These bad boys have shaped the bearded world as we know it. Check out some of the most rocking facial hair in all of history. Who knows — you might even find some inspiration for your own beard style!
Famous Epic Beards Of Men Who Shaped The World
Historical Figures with Famous Beards
1. Otto the Great
Holy Roman Emperor Otto I died 1045 years ago today in Memleben, Germany age 60, Otto the Great, first of the Saxon kings, King of Italy,
King of Germany, Duke of Saxonyhttps://t.co/7WZmN3gGZv pic.twitter.com/Cpi3PehaJz
— Rick Brutti (@Rbrutti) May 7, 2018
Talk about badass, Otto I, also known as Otto the Great, was a German king and Holy Roman Emperor — a born ruler. Throughout his lifetime, Otto the Grea accomplished many things. But what’s remarkable about this no-nonsense fella is his habit of swearing by his beard. Who the hell swears by his beard?! Well, apparently, history tells us that he did so whenever he made an important decision. If that doesn’t have badass written all over it, I don’t know what else to call it.
2. Edward III
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On this day in history, June 21, 1377, King Edward III of England died at Sheen Palace, Surrey. He is buried at Westminster Abbey. While Edward's early reign had been energetic and successful, his later years were marked by inertia, military failure and political strife. Increasingly, Edward began to rely on his sons for the leadership of military operations. He was succeeded by his ten-year-old grandson, King Richard II, son of the Black Prince, since the Black Prince himself had died on 8 June 1376. #onthisdayinhistory #onthisdayinroyalhistory #edwardiii #edwardiiiofengland
Born in the 1300s, Edward III was the King of England and the Lord of Ireland. This king also had no trouble matching his shoulder-length hair with his long beard. He made it his business to keep his locks and beard trimmed and groomed. After all, a king’s still gotta look sharp in front of the ladies, eh?
3. John Knox
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Known as the "Reformer of Scotland," John Knox was respected for his powerful sermons. Though small in stature, he preached with fiery boldness, well aware of the heart of God and the destructive nature of the enemy. He incessantly confronted sin and hypocrisy, living much of his life under the threat of death, as a result. Yet to his eternal credit, at his funeral someone said about him, "There lies one who never feared the face of man." #johnknox #nonconformist
Knox was a Scottish clergyman from the 15th century. He led his country’s Reformation and founded the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.
What else did he do? Knox rocked his beard long and it’s often depicted to reach his chest. Who says church and swagger can’t go together?
4. William Shakespeare
One of the greatest writers of all time, Shakespeare, the Bard. While some theories say the man may be a myth, and we have no actual photo proof, one can still dream, and imagine that this bearded man shaped so much history reciting plays and sonnets while rocking this mischevious mustache.
To beard or not to beard, anyone?
5. Peter Cooper
— Catherine Curzon (@MadameGilflurt) February 12, 2016
Born in the 1700s, US presidential candidate Peter Cooper’s claim to fame was the first steam locomotive in America, Tom Thumb. What he should’ve been known for was his badass, full-blown, and bushy beard.
6. Ambrose Everett Burnside
Sideburns are named after US Civil War General Ambrose Everett Burnside! pic.twitter.com/kxBQzzLEFs
— Believe It or Not! (@Ripleys) February 14, 2016
Burnside was an American soldier and a politician hailing from Rhode Island in the 1800s. Burnside was a railroad executive, an industrialist, and an inventor. He became the National Rifle Association’s first president as well.
Trivia: The term “sideburns” was coined from his family name. See that monster of a mutton chop on his mug? Now that’s legacy!
7. Charles Darwin
Darwin is famous for his contributions to science and the theory of evolution. He was born in England in the 1800s and he worked as a geologist, biologist, and naturalist.
Aside from his achievements, he also has one of the most famous beards in history. The man had some serious beard on him. He sported an abundance of snow-white beard that went past his collar, proving to us you don’t need to make music to be a rockstar!
8. Claude Debussy
Now here’s a legitimate rockstar — kinda. French composer Debussy was born in the 1800s. Some of his famous works include the Préludes and Études, and he is credited as the first Impressionist composer.
It’s no doubt that Debussy’s full beard gave him that mysterious rockstar vibe about him. He probably set the bar for them headbangers to follow. Whether he did it or not, he sure rocked that look… see what I did there?
9. Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud and King Tutankhamun
“Here [in psychoanalysis] we are regularly met by a situation which with the archeological object occurs only in such rare circumstances as those of Pompeii or of the tomb of Tutankhamun.”
— New Mind Journal (@newmindjournal) June 11, 2018
Freud is most known for his work in the field of psychology. He was an Austrian neurologist who founded the clinical method of psychoanalysis.
If you’re not into the caveman look and want a trimmed and neat-looking beard, Freud’s your guy. His beard is so well-groomed that it seems to cling to his face like a second skin.
10. Horace Greeley
— Lucas Davis (@blueblognet) June 5, 2018
You may recognize Greeley’s name from the world of American journalism. He was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune. Greeley also delved into politics and served as a congressman. He ran for president in 1872 but was unsuccessful.
Greeley’s distinct neckbeard is something that is hard to miss. Sometimes he would let it cover his collar, but other times he would also tuck it in. Quite a hard feat for a man with as glorious a neckbeard as his!
11. Franz Joseph I
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I can’t help but notice that the emperor’s iconic mustache seems perfect for enjoying boiled beef, without a beard to get in the way of the spooning of soup and the subsequent wiping of the chin. (Circa 1905. Credit: Library of Congress) #emperorfranzjoseph #emperorfranzjosephofaustria #emperorfranzjosephiofaustria #emperorfranzjosephi #emperorfranzjosephportrait #franzjoseph #franzjosephi #franzjoseph1 #franzjosephofaustria #franzjosephiofaustria #emperorofaustria #kaiservonösterreich #kaiserfranzjosef #kaiserfranzjoseph #kaiserfranzjoseph1 #kaiserfranzjosephi #mustache #funnymustache #funnymustaches #beard #funnybeard #iconicbeard #iconicmustache
Franz Joseph I was an Austrian Emperor and a Hungarian King. He had the longest reign of his dual titles. And in European history, he is the third monarch to have the longest reign in any country.
Though probably not as long as his reign, Franz Joseph I’s facial hair is quite distinctive, covering everything but the chin. At least the man knew how to stand out.
12. George V
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On This Day… in 1865, George V was born. He was never expected to becoming king, owing to his older brother Prince Eddy. However Eddy’s sudden death in 1892 made George the subsequent heir to the throne. His reign was a difficult one, only 4 years after his coronation Britain was at war against his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm. The challenges faced by the king and country continued after victory in 1918, as George succeed in leading the monarchy into the 20th century. To read more about George, please check out my blog post linked in my bio ☝🏼 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #georgev #monarchy #onthisday #britishhistory #kingsqueensandallthat #firstworldwar
Like one of our previous monarchs, George V also held dual titles. In the 1900s, he became the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions. At the same time, he was also the Emperor of India.
Check out the strong mustache-and-beard game this king had! This man’s game was tight!
13. Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln was a lawyer who served as a President of the United States. He is famous for leading his country through the Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
Lincoln also has one of the most notable beards in US history. His well-suited chin curtain completed his brooding look.
He once said, “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” Well, Abe, with that scruff, you definitely didn’t have to worry about no bad photos.
14. Karl Marx
Marx was born in Germany in the 1800s. He held many titles and occupations in his life but he is best known for Marxism — his theories on society, politics, and economics.
His full-blown beard and bushy hair combo earn him a place on this list. You simply cannot ignore that look.
15. Nikola Pašić
— James (@historyboy77) June 28, 2014
Pašić was a prominent Serbian and Yugoslav politician who led the People’s Radical Party. He served as Prime Minister in the Kingdom of Serbia and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia as well. During World War I, Pašić was the Serbian Prime Minister.
16. Alfred von Tirpitz
Tirpitz was known for his work in the German Imperial Navy. He served as a Grand Admiral and also strengthened the then-modest Imperial Navy.
Forked beard… ’nuff said.
17. Ernest Hemingway
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) June 8, 2018
Hemingway was an American writer and journalist. In 1954, he earned a Nobel Prize in Literature for his work. Hemingway also came up with the writing style called Iceberg Theory, which has influenced fiction in the 20th century.
In his later years, he grew a full beard that accentuated his handsome features. I mean, come on! Look at those whiskers! By styling and maintaining your beard, you too can achieve this rugged and striking look.
Along with style, men’s facial hair has evolved over the years. Check out this BuzzFeedBlue video on the evolution of American facial hair:
Epic beards go in and out of fashion over time. Each era adapts a certain beard trend (or no beard at all). But it’s no doubt that having awesome facial hair is a huge confidence-booster. So if you want to have one of the best beards ever, use the very best beard care products!
Who sports your favorite beard in history? Tell us in the comments section below!