Care History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Care comes from when the family resided at the carr, or low lying meadow. [1]

"The frequency with which such entries as Robert or William del Carr, or atte Carr, or Karr, or Kerr recur in Lancashire and Yorkshire records of the 13th and 14th centuries is explained by the fact that Carr or Kerr meant a low-lying meadow. It is still so used in all the northern counties. " [1]

Alternatively, the surname is topographic in origin and is derived from the Old Norse word kjarr which eventually became kerr. The Old English translation is brushwood or wet ground. This surname was given to a person who resided near these physical features.

Early Origins of the Care family

The surname Care was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed "Thomas Carr, Agnes uxor ejus; Willelmus att Karr; and Johannes del Karr. In the Yorkshire Poll Tax (1379) almost every village has some one styled William or John del Kerr in it." [1]

The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed Lucas de la Care, Kent, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of King Edward I's reign.)

Early History of the Care family

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Care 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. Care has been recorded under many different variations, including Care, Kare, Carre, Karre and others.

Early Notables of the Care family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Care (1646-1688), an English political writer and journalist. After the Popish Plot of 1678, he wrote against...
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Care Ranking

In France, the name Care is the 3,651st most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Care migration to the United States +

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 Care or a variant listed above:

Care Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Care, who arrived in America in 1654-1679 [3]
  • Mary Care, who landed in Virginia in 1698
Care Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jane Care, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [3]
  • Richard Care, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • John Care, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [3]
  • Francois Nicolas Care, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [3]
  • Jacques Care, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [3]
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Care Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J N Care, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807 [3]
Care Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Robert Care, (b. 1879), aged 24, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th July 1903 en route to Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA [4]

New Zealand Care migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Care Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Care, aged 31, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Sarah Care, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Emma Care, aged 11 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

West Indies Care migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Care Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Care who arrived in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Care (post 1700) +

  • Terry John Care (b. 1947), American politician, Member of the Nevada Senate (1998-2010)
  • Danny Care (b. 1974), American soccer player
  • Peter Alastair Care (b. 1953), English film and video producer, known for his work with R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Depeche Mode and New Order
  • Daniel "Danny" Care (b. 1987), English rugby union player
  • Henry Clifford Care, British director of finance

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
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