From ancient times till now, some famous people used to have and are having a beard. It’s not like they are famous for their beards. They are famous and along with them their beards also have a firm place in history.
There are hundreds of famous bearded men in history. Not all of them are notable. These men became so popular that common people started to follow their style. Even now, some of the old beard styles from history are coming back in vogue.
The Most Famous Bearded Men Ever
Men are known for their actions. History only remembers those who are worthy of remembrance. The history of the world will never forget some people and, fortunately, a few of them have a beard too.
We should remember them for their deeds. Since we are writing about beards, we will remember them for the beards too. Let’s check who are the toppers on our list.
Sophocles is one of the most celebrated ancient Greek playwrights. He is well known for his contribution to literature. He wrote more than 120 plays but only a few are available.
This historical character also had a full-bearded look. Though there is no picture of him, the statues can prove his beardedness.
#2. Karl Marx
Karl Marx! This man was an all-rounder. He was an economist, political theorist, philosopher, historian, socialist, and so on. Most importantly, he was a bearded man like most historical popular figures.
If you are searching for inspiration, Karl Marx is here to inspire you to achieve everything in life with a full beard.
#3. Charles Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin was one of the most revolutionary scientists of his time. He successfully established that all species have descended from common ancestors with the passage of time.
Though his theory is still controversial, he has a great fan base around the world for his theory of evolution. This famous scientist also used to have a full beard.
#4. Leonardo da Vinci
He is mostly uttered with the name Monalisa. Leonardo da Vinci was another all-rounder who could do everything with equal expertise.
He was a painter, scientist, architect, writer, historian and what not. Leonardo da Vinci also had a long and smooth beard.
#5. Charlie Chaplin
Charles Spencer Chaplin was one of the most extraordinary actors and directors of all time.
This man had the ability to make you cry with laughter. He was actually an English comic actor and became famous for his identical character ‘the Tramp.”
This character wore a unique mustache right under the nose. He has become more popular for this unique style.
#6. Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali was a surrealist hailing from Spain. He was a true artist who could go beyond his time.
Dali painted some striking and peculiar images for which he gained huge popularity.
Salvador Dali is equally known for his mustache. He used to have a well-groomed and waxed mustache that grew long at the edge.
#7. Hans Langseth
This man was crowned with the record for the owner of the world’s longest beard. He was a Norwegian-American and known for the extra length of his beard.
Other men are famous for their works but Hans Nilson Langseth is famous for his beard.
#8. Abraham Lincoln
This list will be incomplete without the inclusion of the great Abraham Lincoln. He was the first president to wear a beard in the history of America. Lincoln’s beard has a name and is known as the chinstrap beard.
This man represented the White House, became so popular, and lifted his beard style as a top one. Since then, chinstrap has become a popular style for the bearded men.
#9. Santa Claus
It’s a debatable issue whether Santa Claus is real or not. But, he has been a legendary character in Western Christian culture. So, there is no way to deny the existence of the Santa Clause.
One of the most known traits of Santa Clause is he has a full beard. Without a long and white beard, the image of Santa Clause is not acceptable. This is a historical bearded character.
#10. Harnaam Kaur
Enough with the old history, let’s move to the present. Though this was supposed to be a list of men, we could not resist enlisting this woman. Her name is Harnaam Kaur. She is a body-positive activist, motivational speaker, and anti-bullying activist living in the UK.
Due to hormonal imbalance, she can grow a full and long beard. In the beginning, she wanted to shave it off but, now, she let it grow. She will surely be a part of history in the future.
#11. Joseph Stalin
Regardless of the history, Joseph Stalin left behind, he was quite an influential figure for Russia, where he is worshipped for his policies and the world at large.
His mustache was no less iconic and became a part of his character.
#12. Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein is probably the most famous person from the scientific community to date, with his ideas and influence spanning across film stars as well as politicians.
His contributions to science are still helping answer the most mysterious questions and solve the hardest problems in science.
Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance. He was born in Florence and exerted a gigantic influence on the development of Western Art.
His artistic versatility was such that he was considered the rival of Leonardo da Vinci. His most iconic work ranges from The Statue of David, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and St. Peter’s Basilica, among many more.
Plato was an Athenian philosopher from the Classical period in Ancient Greece. He was the founder of the Platonist school of thought and the Academy, which was considered the first institution for higher learning in the Western World.
He is considered one of the most pivotal figures in history for philosophy throughout Ancient Greece and the Western hemisphere, along with his teacher, Socrates, and his most famous student, Aristotle.
#15. Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire, which ended up becoming the largest empire in history after his death.
He launched many invasions that conquered most of Eurasia, started campaigns against various dynasties in Japan, and raided parts of medieval Europe.
Millions of people died under his rule through mass exterminations and famine, and his conquests are described by modern sources as “wholesale destructions on an unprecedented scale” which caused demographic changes as well.
The Mongols were known to have one of the most ruthless armies in recorded history.
#16. Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, which is a clinical method for treating psychopathology.
Even though psychoanalysis is in decline as a diagnostic and clinical practice, Freud’s work is still highly cited and continues to generate extensively contested debates in psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy.
Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician from the Spring and Autumn period.
He was traditionally considered the epitome of Chinese sages and was widely considered one of the most important and influential individuals in human history. His teachings formed the foundations of East Asian culture and society which still resonates across the region.
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath from Ancient Greece during the Classical period. He was the founder of the Lyceum, a school for philosophy and Aristotelian tradition.
His work has covered subjects ranging from physics, biology, logic, ethics, theatre and so much more and it is from his writings that the West inherited its intellectual methods of inquiry.
#19. Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor and engineer best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
He is also considered to have laid some foundations for wireless communication and power transmission and also became a well-known inventor demonstrating his technological and scientific achievements to celebrities and wealthy people at his labs set up across New York.
Public interest in Tesla has resurfaced since the 1990s and even more since Elon Musk came out with his company, Tesla, which is now a household name.
Pythagoras, also a Greek philosopher made contributions starting from politics to religious teachings and influenced Plato, Aristotle, and through them Western philosophy.
Even then, he is most famous for his mathematical discoveries, especially the Pythagorean theorem as well as in music and astronomy.
5 Honorable Mentions
#1. Galileo Galilei
#2. Henry David Thoreau
#3. Lord Kelvin
#4. Rabindranath Tagore
#5. William Shakespeare
History will never let you go bare-handed if you want inspiration from it. This is true for beard style too. It is difficult to resemble the historical figures in terms of works, but it’s easy to represent their beard styles.