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Warr is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived near a dam or weir on a river. Warr is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. This surname comes from the Old English words węr and wer, which mean dam, or weir. The surname Warr may also refer to people who came from a place named Ware. A third interpretation of the derivation of this surname comes from the Old English word, war(e), which means wary, or cautious. In this sense, the surname would have been given to someone who was of a cautious disposition. Members of the Warr family settled in Devon, prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Warr Early Origins



The surname Warr was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Warr Spelling Variations


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Warr Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Warr family name include Ware, Wares and others.

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Warr Early History


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Warr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warr research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1666, 1772, 1846 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Warr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Warr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Warr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Warr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Warr In Ireland


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Warr In Ireland



Some of the Warr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Warr surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Warr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Warr, aged 19, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Thomas Warr, who landed in Maryland in 1648
  • Bernard Warr, who landed in Maryland in 1677

Warr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Warr, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • George Warr, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Samuel Warr, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Warr, who landed in New York, NY in 1829
  • Charles Warr, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835

Warr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Warr, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • Joseph Warr, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Warr, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Mary A. Warr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Josiah Warr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850

Warr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Warr, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Warr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Warr (post 1700)



  • James Warr, American politician, Mayor of Riverton, Utah; Elected 1989
  • Brent Warr, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 2008
  • John James Warr (1927-2016), English cricketer who played in two Test matches for England
  • Thomas Warr (1733-1775), English builder, architect and local politician in Bath
  • Antony Lawley 'Tim' Warr (1913-1995), English rugby union player
  • Peter E. Warr (1938-2010), English businessman and racing driver
  • Steve Warr (b. 1951), former Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Danny Warr (b. 1905), Australian rules footballer
  • Steve Warr (b. 1954), British television director and producer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Warr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Warr 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.

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