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The name Hare has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as Mag Fhearadhaigh, derived from the word "fearadhach," possibly meaning "manly."

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The surname Hare was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Garry, Garrihy, Hare, O'Hare, O'Heihir, MacGarry and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hare research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1667 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Hare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Hare:

Hare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James and Susan Hare, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Bryan Hare, aged 27, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Susan Hare, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Nicho Hare, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Andrew Hare, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
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Hare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jarvis Hare, who landed in Maryland in 1740

Hare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Hare, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Robert Hare, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Samuel Hare, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Bernard Hare, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • James Hare, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
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Hare Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Hare, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Lt. Henry Hare U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. John Hare U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. John Hare U.E. who settled in Osnabruck [South Stormont], Stormont County, Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. John Hare U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
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Hare Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel H Hare, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Hare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Hare, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Hare, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Simeon Hare arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Emma" in 1836
  • Anna Maria Hare arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Emma" in 1836
  • Eliza Hare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
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Hare Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Hare landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Hare, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • Anne Hare, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • Lavinia Hare, aged 34, a needlewoman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Emma Hare, aged 29, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
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  • Truxtun Hare (1878-1956), American sliver and bronze Olympic medalist for decathlon and hammer throw at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Thomas Truxton Hare (1878-1956), American Olympic silver and bronze medalist at the 1900 and 1904 games
  • Raymond Hare (1901-1994), American Foreign Officer, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1950-53) and other Middle Eastern countries
  • Richard Mervyn Hare (1919-2002), English philosopher
  • Clayton Hare (1909-2001), Canadian teacher, conductor, and violinist
  • J. Robertson Hare (1891-1979), English comedy actor
  • Robert D. Hare CM (b. 1934), Canadian researcher renowned in the field of criminal psychology
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Hare Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Richard William Hare (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Red Hill, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Bessie Hare, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fear garbh ar mait
Motto Translation: Here is a good rough man.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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