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Mare is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Mare family lived in a place called Mar, which was in the county of Aberdeen. It may come from the Old Norse word marr, which was an extremely rare word, that was usually associated with the sea, but sometimes referred to a marsh or a fen. In this sense, Mare would be a habitational name.

Mare Early Origins



The surname Mare was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Mare Spelling Variations


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Mare Spelling Variations



The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Mare has been spelled Marr, Mar, Marre, Mare and others.

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Mare Early History


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Mare Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mare research. Another 394 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1296, and 1353 are included under the topic Early Mare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mare Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mare Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Mare:

Mare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Mare, aged 22, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Alce Mare, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Rowland Mare, who arrived in Maryland in 1641
  • John Mare, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Piere Mare, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Mare, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Nicholas Mare with his wife and two children settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Nicholas Mare settled in Virginia with his wife and two children in 1700
  • Ralph Mare, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • William Mare, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Mare, who landed in America in 1807
  • W B Mare, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Federico Mare, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

Mare Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Mare, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Catherine Mare, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Mare Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mare 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 July 2011 at 13:59.

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