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Ware Name Meaning

English:: topographic name for someone who lived by or looked after a dam or weir on a river (from Old English wær wer Middle English war(e) warre wer(e) werre ‘weir’) or a habitational name from a place called with this word such as Weare (Somerset) Weare Giffard (Devon) or Ware (Hertfordshire). topographic name for someone who lived by a horse pond or fish pond from Anglo-Norman French Middle English wayour which became early modern English ware wear. nickname for a cautious person from Middle English war(e) ‘wary prudent’ also ‘wise skilful cunnning’ (Old English (ge)wær). (of Norman origin): variant of Warr . (of Flemish origin): nickname from Flemish De Weer from Middle Dutch we(d)er ‘wether ram’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wade, Wale, Wire, Hare, Mare, Fare, Wark, Way, Warne, Care

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Where is the Ware family from?

You can see how Ware families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ware family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ware families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 102 Ware families living in Massachusetts. This was about 16% of all the recorded Ware's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Ware families in 1840.
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What did your Ware ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ware. 21% of Ware men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Ware women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ware were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Ware. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 58,000 military records available for the last name Ware. For the veterans among your Ware ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ware lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ware life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ware in 1942 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

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