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Where did the English Dare family come from? What is the English Dare family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dare family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dare family history?The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Dare come from its first bearer, who was a person who acted like an animal as the name was originally derived from the word deor, which meant "wild animal." In the Middle Ages, nicknames often described strong traits or features of animals. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dare has been spelled many different ways, including Dare, Dair and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dare research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dare History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dare family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dares to arrive in North America:
Dare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Dare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Dare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Dare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Dare Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dare Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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