Phare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Phare surname is derived from the Middle English word "fair," or "fayr," from the Old English "fæger;" meaning "handsome," "beautiful," or "fair." As such, the name is generally considered to have originally been a nickname, although it was in occasional use as a personal name for both men and women.

Early Origins of the Phare family

The surname Phare was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Phare family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phare research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1234, 1333, 1446, 1619, 1682, 1612 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Phare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phare Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fair, Faire, Faires, Fayer, Fayers, Fairs, Fare, Phair, Phaire, Phayre, Phares and many more.

Early Notables of the Phare family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Phayre or Phaire (1619-1682), regicide, possibly a son of Emmanuel Phaire, who in 1612 became rector of Kilshannig, co. Cork. In February...
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Canada Phare migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Phare Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Phare, (b. 1826), aged 29, English shoemaker, from Lifton, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [1]
  • Mrs. Eliza Phare, (b. 1829), aged 26, English settler, from Lifton, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [1]
  • Miss Eliza Phare, (b. 1849), aged 6, English settler, from Lifton, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [1]
  • Mr. John Phare, Jr., (b. 1851), aged 4, English settler, from Lifton, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he survived the sinking [1]
  • Miss Elizabeth Phare, (b. 1853), aged 2, English settler, from Lifton, Devon, England, UK departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [1]
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  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf


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