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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.

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The surname Ware was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ware Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Ware Settlers in 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 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

Ware Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Ware, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Charles Ware arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Charles M. Ware arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Robert Frederick Ware arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • William Rivers Ware arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
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Ware Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. Ware arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • D. Ware arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • Mary Ann Ware arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • George Ware arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • Laura Ware arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
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  • Edwin Oswald "Ed" Ware III (1927-2016), American lawyer, District Attorney for the Louisiana 9th Judicial District Court (Rapides Parish) (1967-1984)
  • James Hutchinson Ware (1941-2016), American biostatician, former Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Archie Virgil Ware (1918-1990), American Negro league baseball first baseman who played from 1942 and 1952, Negro League World Series Champion (1945)
  • Jeffrey Allan Ware (b. 1970), American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • James Edward Ware (1846-1918), American architect
  • James Edward "Jim" Ware (1944-1986), American professional basketball player
  • DeMarcus Ware (b. 1982), American NFL football defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Franklin Christenson 'Chris" Ware (b. 1967), American comic book artist and cartoonist, winner of the Eisner Award and Harvey Award on numerous times
  • 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
  • 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
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Ware Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. George  Ware, American Signalman for US President 3 from who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Leonard Frank Ware (1909-1941), Australian Joiner 3rd Class from Hurlstone Park, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick William Ware (d. 1912), aged 34, English Third Class passenger from Greenwich, London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John James Ware (d. 1912), aged 45, English Second Class passenger from Bristol, Avon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Florence Louise Ware, (née Long), aged 31, English Second Class passenger from Bristol, Avon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 10
  • Mr. William Jeffery Ware (d. 1912), aged 23, English Second Class passenger from Gunnislake, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • 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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. 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).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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