Mares History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Norman Mares surname comes from the Old French word "marais" meaning "a marsh." It may have arisen as a surname from the place name (Le) Marais in Calvados, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Mares family

The surname Mares was first found in Kent where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Maris, Richard of Maris held estates and who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

They trace their lineage to Normandy where the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Ivo, Drogo, Gilbert, Robert de Maris, in the Lordship of Maris, Normandy, 1180-95. [1]

There the name could have also been derived from the French, Mariess, Maris, personal names. [2] Yet another source claims the name is from the French word marais, which translated into English as a marsh. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had three early entries for the family: John de Mareys, Cambridgeshire; William du Mareys, Suffolk; and William du Mareys, Suffolk. [4]

Geoffrey de Marisco, Mariscius, Mareys, or Mares (d. 1245), was Justiciar or Viceroy of Ireland, and "is said to have been the nephew and heir of Hervey de Mount-Maurice, and nephew of Herlewin, Bishop of Leighlin (d. 1217?) He is also said to have been the brother of Richard de Marisco, Bishop of Durham and Chancellor." [5]

His ancestor is believed to be Hervey Mount-Maurice ( fl. 1169), "Invader of Ireland, whose name appears variously as Monte Mauricii, Monte Marisco, Monte Marecy, Montmarreis, Montmorenci, Mumoreci, and Momorci, may not unreasonably be held to have belonged to the same line as the Montmorencies of France which in turn is derived from Montmorency-Morres. Hervey is said by M. de Montmorency-Morres to have been the son of a Robert FitzGeoffrey, lord of lands in Thorney and of Huntspill-Marreis, Somerset." [5]

Important Dates for the Mares family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mares research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1199, 1621, 1745, 1786 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Mares History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mares Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marris, Marriss, Maris, Mariss, Mares, Marais and many more.

Early Notables of the Mares family (pre 1700)

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Mares migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mares Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Mares, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [6]
  • Anna Mares, who settled in Virginia in 1654
Mares Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Mares, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [6]
Mares Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan De Mares, who arrived in Peru in 1834 [6]

Mares migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mares Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. François Mares, (b. 1633), aged 22, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 19th June 1655 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mares (post 1700)

  • Dylan Mares (b. 1992), American professional soccer player
  • Paul Mares (1900-1949), American Dixieland jazz cornet & trumpet player, leader of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings
  • Michelle Mares, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 2008 [8]
  • Don Mares, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2000 [8]
  • Louis Marès, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Gaetano Mares (1793-1862), Italian conductor who conducted the world premieres of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani (1844) and La traviata (1853)
  • Francis Hugh Mares, retired British/Australian university English professor, Australia

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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 14) Louis Marès. Retrieved from
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