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Where did the English Ware family come from? What is the English Ware family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ware family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ware family history?

The ancestors of the Ware surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near a dam or weir on a river. Ware is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. This surname comes from the Old English words wr and wer, which mean dam, or weir. The surname Ware may also refer to people who came from a place named Ware. A third interpretation of the derivation of this surname comes from the Old English word, war(e), which means wary, or cautious. In this sense, the surname would have been given to someone who was of a cautious disposition. Members of the Ware family settled in Devon, prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ware include Ware, Wares and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ware research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1666, 1772, 1846 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Ware History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ware Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Ware family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Ware Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Esaw DeLa Ware, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Ware who settled in Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Ware who settled in Virginia in 1641
  • Robert Ware, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1642
  • William Ware, who arrived in New England in 1643

Ware Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Caleb Ware, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Martin Ware, who arrived in Virginia in 1715

Ware Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Ware, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Hardy Ware, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Ellen Ware, who landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Frederick Ware, who arrived in Michigan in 1862
  • Sampson Ware, who landed in Michigan in 1886


  • Charles Pickard Ware (1849-1921), American educator and folk music transcriber
  • Major General Keith L Ware (1915-1968), American Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • David Spencer Ware (1949-2012), American free jazz saxophonist
  • Andre Ware (1968-1989), American sports analyst and commentator, former American college football player, the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Charles R. Ware (1911-1942), United States Navy officer, posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions at the Battle of Midway during World War II
  • Franklin Christenson 'Chris" Ware (b. 1967), American comic book artist and cartoonist, winner of the Eisner Award and Harvey Award on numerous times
  • DeMarcus Ware (b. 1982), American NFL football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys
  • James Edward "Jim" Ware (1944-1986), American professional basketball player
  • James Edward Ware (1846-1918), American architect
  • Jeffrey Allan Ware (b. 1970), American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher



  • Descendants and Related Families of David Samuel Ware and Amanda Roselee Chesteen Ware by Sarah Hattie Delgado.
  • Garrett, Catlett, Ware, and Related Families by Sunie Garrett Talbert Elliot Fisher.
  • Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Ware of Fenwick Colony, England, 1675; His Successors in Florida by Franklin Ware.

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The Ware Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ware Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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