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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 wær 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.
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
Ware Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ware Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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