Hoare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Hoare. It was given to a person who had grey hair or appeared aged. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been Norman in origin. In this case, it was derived from the "Norman-French pronunciation of Aure, with an aspirate. The name Aure, Alre, or Auré was a Breton name, derived from Auray, in Bretagne, of which the family were hereditary Castellans." [2]

Another source claims the name was from Ore in Sussex and literally meant "dweller by the bank" from the Old Egnlish word "ora." [3]

Early Origins of the Hoare family

The surname Hoare was first found in Suffolk and Middlesex and other counties throughout Britain. By example, William Hore was listed in Suffolk in 1188, Robert, William le Hore was listed in the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire in 1203. Gilbert de Hore was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex in 1200 and Richard de la Hore was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1230. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Adam le Hore in Derbyshire; John le Horre in Norfolk; and Alicia la Hore in Oxfordshire. Kirby's Quest of Somerset lists Richard le Hore there temp. 1 Edward III. [1] [4]

In southern England in the parish of St. Ervan, Cornwall early records of another branch of the family were found. "Another reputed manor in this parish called Trenowth, was for several generations the property and residence of a family called Hore, with whom it remained so late as the time of Norden ; but this estate has long since ceased to be considered as a manor." [5]

Early History of the Hoare family

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Hoare Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hoare has appeared include Hoar, Hoare, Hore and others.

Early Notables of the Hoare family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Leonard Hoar (1630-1675), an English-born early American settler, minister and educator born in Gloucestershire arriving in America c. 1638, who later became President of Harvard College. He was the fourth son of Charles Hoare. Some time after the death of his father in 1638 he emigrated with his mother to America. [6] John Hoar (1622-1704), was an American militia leader & Indian liaison in colonial Massachusetts during King Philip's War, best known for securing the release of Mary Rowlandson from Indian captivity at Redemption Rock Sir Richard Hoare (1648-1719), was Sheriff of London in 1710...
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Ireland Migration of the Hoare family to Ireland

Some of the Hoare family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hoare migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hoare arrived in North America very early:

Hoare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Math Hoare, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [7]
  • John Hoare, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [7]
  • Edward Hoare, who settled in Barbados in 1685
  • Richard and Thomas Hoare, who settled in Barbados in 1685
Hoare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Hoare, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Hoare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hoare, aged 33, who landed in Rhode Island in 1812 [7]
  • Michael Hoare, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [7]
  • Rachel Hoare, aged 12, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [7]
  • Susanna Hoare, aged 4, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [7]
  • Tamer Hoare, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hoare migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoare Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Hoare, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Francis Hoare, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Hoare, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Timothy Hoare, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Hoare migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hoare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hoare, a shoemaker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Hoare, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [8]
  • Sarah Hoare, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [8]
  • Mary Anne Hoare, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [8]
  • Bessie Hoare, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hoare 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:

Hoare Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Hoare, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1839
  • Joseph Hoare, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mr. Richard Hoare, Irish settler from Ballysheen travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [9]
  • Mrs. Catherine Hoare, (b. 1814), aged 48, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [10]
  • Mr. Patrick Hoare, (b. 1814), aged 48, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoare (post 1700) +

  • Prince Hoare (1755-1834), English dramatic author and artist, born at Bath, son of William Hoare, R.A. [q. v.] [11]
  • Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838), English historian of Wiltshire, born on 9 Dec. 1758, the only son of Richard Hoare, Esq., of Barn Elms, Surrey (created a baronet in 1786), English antiquarian, archaeologist, artist, and traveller [11]
  • William Henry Hoare (1809-1888), English divine, born on 31 Oct. 1809, second son of William Henry Hoare (1776–1819) of Broomfield House, Battersea, Surrey [11]
  • Clement Hoare (1789-1849), English vinegrower who cultivated a vineyard at Sidlesham, near Chichester, whence he removed, between 1835 and 1840, to 'Shirley vineyard,' near Southampton. He died at Vauxhall, Surrey, on 18 Aug. 1849 [11]
  • Charles James Hoare (1781-1865), English divine, Archdeacon of Surrey, born in London on 14 July 1781, third son of Henry Hoare, banker, of Fleet Street, London, one of the founders of the Church Missionary Society [11]
  • Charles Hugh Hoare (1819-1869), English cricketer
  • Charles Hoare (1847-1908), English cricketer
  • Peter Merrick Hoare (1843-1894), English Conservative Party politician
  • Henry "Henry the Magnificent" Hoare II (1705-1785), English banker and garden owner-designer
  • William Hoare of Bath RA (1707-1792), English Portraitist, painter and printmaker
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Norris H Hoare (b. 1913), English Lieutenant (S) serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Whipton, Devon, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Cyril A Hoare (b. 1921), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Battersea, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Leonard James Hoare (d. 1912), aged 21, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]


  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)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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