Phares History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Phares 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 Phares family

The surname Phares 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 Phares family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phares 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 Phares History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phares 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 Phares 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...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phares Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Phares migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Phares Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lydia Phares, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Lydia Phares, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [1]
Phares Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Phares Jr. settled in Cincinnati in 1825
  • Julia Phares, who settled in Kansas in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Phares (post 1700) +

  • Greg Donald Phares (b. 1956), American police officer, sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
  • William M. Phares, American politician, Postmaster at Leadsville, Virginia, 1842-47, 1851-55, 1862-83 [2]
  • William Forest Phares (b. 1886), American Republican politician,Member of Missouri Republican State Committee, 1914-26; Missouri Republican State Chair, 1924-26, 1948 [2]
  • Robert A. Phares, American politician, Mayor of North Platte, Nebraska, 1970 [2]
  • Johnson W. Phares, American politician, Postmaster at Leadsville, Virginia, 1855-62 [2]
  • Jesse Franklin Phares, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Randolph County, 1865-66 [2]
  • Jesse Phares, American politician, Postmaster at Leadsville, Virginia, 1839-42 [2]
  • George Phares, American Democrat politician, Chair of Randolph County Democratic Party, 1969-70, 1975 [2]
  • Dewey P. Phares, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1952 [2]
  • Corbet A. Phares, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 25th District, 1974 [2]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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