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The Mares surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places named with the Old French words "mareis" or "maresc", meaning "marsh".

Early Origins of the Mares family

The surname Mares was first found in Cambray, Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where ancestors of the family belonged to the house of Bousis. According to Arthurian legend, Sir Hector de Maris (or Ector de Maris), was a Knight of the Round Table, younger half-brother of Lancelot and the natural son of King Ban of Benwick and the Lady de Maris.

René Desmarais, son of Jean and Jeanne (née Brassard), travelled from Poitou, France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Jeanne Blondeau at Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 16th November 1671. 1

Early History of the Mares family

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Mares Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Desmarais, Demarais, Des Marais, Desmarets, Desmarés, Desmareys, Desmaray, Desmaraie, Desmarest, Desmaret, Desmarets, Démarais, Démarets, Démarey, Démareys, Démarés, Démarey, Démaré, Démarés, Démarée, Démarées, Démaraie, Démaray, Maret, Marest, Marais, Mareys, Marets, Marest, Mares, Marays, Marrey, Mareys, Marées, Des Marest, Des Maret, Des Marets, Des Marez, De Marest, Du Marest, Du Marais, Du Marrey, Du Mareys, Du Mares, Du Marays, Du Mareys, Du Marées and many more.

Early Notables of the Mares family

Notable amongst the family in this period was

  • Nicolas Desmaretz, Marquis de Maillebois (1648-1721), Controller-General of Finances during the reign of Louis XIV of France. Pierre-Gabriel Marest (1662-1714), was a French Jesuit missionary in Canad...

Mares Ranking

In the United States, the name Mares is the 3,083rd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 2 However, in France, the name Mares is ranked the 6,828th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 3

United States Mares migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mares Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Mares, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 4
  • Anna Mares, who settled in Virginia in 1654
Mares Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Mares, who landed in Georgia in 1738 4
Mares Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan De Mares, who arrived in Peru in 1834 4

Canada Mares migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mares Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. François Mares, (b. 1633), aged 22, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for François Peron, arriving on 19th June 1655 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Mares (post 1700) +

  • Dylan Mares (b. 1992), American professional soccer player
  • Paul Mares (1900-1949), American Dixieland jazz cornet & trumpet player, leader of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings
  • Michelle Mares, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 2008 6
  • Don Mares, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2000 6
  • Louis Marès, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 7
  • Gaetano Mares (1793-1862), Italian conductor who conducted the world premieres of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani (1844) and La traviata (1853)
  • Francis Hugh Mares, retired British/Australian university English professor, Australia

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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from
  7. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 14) Louis Marès. Retrieved from on Facebook