Lamare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Lamare was originally "De La Mare, from the great fief of La Mare, near St. Opportune, in the comune of Autretot, Normandy; where their castle was built upon piles on the margin of the lake still called Grande-mare." [1]

One source claims the name was derived from the Old French word "marre," meaning "a ram."

Early Origins of the Lamare family

The surname Lamare was first found in Normandy where "Sire de la Mare is one of the Norman nobles enumerated by Wace at the battle of Hastings; and the family became very numerous both in Normandy and England. Sir William de la Mare, and his lands in the valley of La Mare, are mentioned in a charter of St. Louis, dated 1259; and as many as nine Sires de La Mare (almost all of them bearing different arms) are entered on the roll of "Gentilshommes de la Normandie" given in the Nobiliaire." [1]

The ancestor of the English families, Norman de La Mare, lived c. 1030 and Hugo de La Mare occurs in the Breton charter in 1070. This was one of his sons, of whom four went to England at the Conquest. [2]

William de Mare was an undertenant in Wiltshire and Herefordshire according to the Domesday Book of 1086. [3]

Early History of the Lamare family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lamare research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1610, 1629, 1637, 1653, 1660, 1674, 1680, 1712, and 1738 are included under the topic Early Lamare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lamare Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Lamare some of which are Marre, Marres, Mar, La Marre, La Mare, La Marres, La Mares, La Mar, Maur, Maure, Maures, Maurre, Maurres, More, Mores, Morre, Mars, Maurs, Moure, Mourre, Merre, Mer, Mere and many more.

Early Notables of the Lamare family (pre 1700)

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Lamare Ranking

In France, the name Lamare is the 5,545th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [4]


United States Lamare migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Lamare has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Lamare were

Lamare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alincenza Lamare, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Lamare Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dora Margorita Lamare, aged 28, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Emile Jamie Lamare, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1906
  • Charles Lamare, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • George Lamare, aged 24, who landed in America from Hooghlede, Belgium, in 1913
  • Jeanne Lamare, aged 5, who settled in America from Lamans, France, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lamare (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Hilton "Nappy" Lamare (1905-1988), American jazz banjoist, guitarist and vocalist
  • Rinaldo de Lamare (1910-2002), Brazilian physician who specialized in pediatrics, bestseller writer of books on child health
  • Rocus Lamare (b. 1986), Indian footballer


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/


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