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The name Weare is derived from the Old English word "wer" which meant a "weir, dam, fishing-trap" In other words, the family were "dwellers by a dam" or "keepers of the fishing-weir," or fishermen. Today in Britain, Weare and Lower Weare are small villages in Somerset, England, on the River Axe, south of the Mendip Hills. And in the US: Weare, New Hampshire; and Weare Township, Michigan are listed.

Weare Early Origins



The surname Weare was first found in Devon where one of the first records was Peter de la Were who was listed in a census in 1242 and John atte Were was listed in a Somerset census in 1332. Traditionally, this family derive from an ancient branch of the Giffards of Devon and Somerset and are not related to the Weir of Vere families. Some say, in early times before the 12th century, the Weare-Giffards of Brightly and Halsworthy took the name Weare and eventually dropped the Giffard portion of the name.

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Weare Spelling Variations


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Weare Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Were, Where, Wear, Wears, Weare and others.

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Weare Early History


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Weare Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weare research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1600, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Weare History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weare Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weare Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Weare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weare In Ireland


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Weare In Ireland



Some of the Weare family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words (9 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniel Weare settled in New England in 1635
  • Peter Weare settled in Maine in 1635
  • Peter Weare, who arrived in Maine in 1635
  • Tho Weare, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Weare settled in Barbados in 1640
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Weare settled in Philadelphia in 1848
  • James Weare settled in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C Weare, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Weare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Weare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weare (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weare (post 1700)



  • Meshech Weare, American politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1776-84
  • John M. Weare, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 1st District, 1853-55
  • Daniel J. Weare, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1903
  • Buel Fellows Weare, American Publishing Executive and Consultant, Glenwood, Maryland

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fuimus
Motto Translation: God and my country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Weare Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weare 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 15:40.

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