Mare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Mare family

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.

Important Dates for the Mare family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mare research. Another 157 words (11 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Mare family (pre 1700)

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Mare migration to the United States

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, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Rowland Mare, who arrived in Maryland in 1641 [1]
  • John Mare, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Piere Mare, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Nicholas Mare with his wife and two children settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Nicholas Mare, who settled in Virginia with his wife and two children in 1700
  • Ralph Mare, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • William Mare, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • W B Mare, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Federico Mare, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]

Mare migration to Australia

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

Mare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mare, (b. 1831), aged 26, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Herefordshire" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th May 1857 [2]
  • Mrs. Eliza Mare, (b. 1836), aged 21, Cornish house servant travelling aboard the ship "Herefordshire" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th May 1857 [2]
  • Miss Louisa Mare, (b. 1855), aged 2, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Herefordshire" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th May 1857, she died on board [2]
  • Mr. John Mare, (b. 1856), aged Infant, English settler, from Devonshire, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Herefordshire" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th May 1857 [2]

Mare 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:

Mare Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Mare, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Catherine Mare, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Mare (post 1700)

  • Carlos H. Le Mare, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Iquique, 1916-17; U.S. Vice Consul in Iquique, 1921
  • Carlos H. Le Mare (b. 1868), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Iquique, 1912; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Iquique, 1914; U.S. Consular Agent in Iquique, 1915-18

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
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