The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Beares come from when the family resided in Devon
, where they took their name from one of the many places named Bear, Beare, Beara,
etc., found in that county. The surname is likely to be derived from the Old English word bearu,
which means grove.
Several early instances of that name are in the form le beare,
or the bear,
from the Old English bera.
Early Origins of the Beares family
The surname Beares was first found in Devon
where there are two places on the banks of Tamar called Beer-Alston and Beer-Ferris. In Dorset
, place names include Beer- Hacket and Beer-Regis. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest reference of the name was in Devon
where it was listed as Bera in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Beares family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beares research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1684, 1354 and 1355 are included under the topic Early Beares History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beares Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Beares has been recorded under many different variations, including Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.
Early Notables of the Beares family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beares family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Beares or a variant listed above:
Beares Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Beares, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1637 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)