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Early Origins of the Gares family

The surname Gares was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gares family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gares research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1538, 1455, 1487, 1649, 1646, 1593, 1711, 1694 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Gares History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gares Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gares family name include Gayre, Gair, Gayer, Gayar, Geyre, Geyer, Gere, Gear and many more.

Early Notables of the Gares family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Gayer or Gayre (died 1649), English merchant and Lord Mayor of London in 1646. "He belonged to a family originally seated at Liskeard, but afterwards at Trenbrace, in the parish of St. Keverne, Cornwall, was the...
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United States Gares migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Gares surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Gares Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Gares, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [1]
  • John Gares, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]

  1. 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) on Facebook