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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.
First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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:
- Virginia Dare (1587-) was the first child of English parents born in America
Dare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Dare, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
- Michael Dare who settled in Virginia in 1663
- Margaret Dare, who landed in Maryland in 1673
- Ann Dare, who landed in Maryland in 1674
- William Dare, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
Dare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edward Dare, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
Dare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel Dare arrived in New York in 1820
- Eleanor Dare, who landed in Virginia in 1887
- Ananias Dare, who arrived in Virginia in 1887
- Vicente Dare, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1896
Dare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Dare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
- Mary Ann Dare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
- William Dare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
- Robert Dare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Competitor" in 1846
- Joseph Dare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849
- Leona Dare (1854-1922), stage name of Susan Adeline Stuart, American trapeze artist and aerial acrobat, billed as the "Queen of the Antilles" and the "Pride of Madrid"
- Dorothy Dare (1911-1981), American film actress and singer
- Johnny Dare, American radio personality
- Danny Dare (1905-1996), American choreographer, actor, director, writer, and producer of the stage, screen, and film
- John T. Dare, American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly 19th District, 1877-80; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1892
- Farley A. Dare (b. 1879), American Republican politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 52nd District, 1915-18; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1916
- Bill Dare, English producer and devisor of radio and television comedy programmes
- Zena Dare (1887-1975), English singer and actress
- Billy Dare (1927-1994), English footballer
- Phyllis Dare (1890-1975), English singer and actress
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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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