First name origins & meanings:

  1. English: Aware, cautious
  2. German: Watchman; gamekeeper; enclosure

First name variations: Wardlea, Wardleigh, Waren, Waring, Warrenson, Warrin, Warriner, Warron, Warry, Worrin, Warren

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a dam or weir on a river (Old English wær, wer), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Ware in Hertfordshire.
  2. English: nickname for a cautious person, from Middle English war(e) ‘wary’, ‘prudent’ (Old English (ge)wær).
  3. English: Robert Ware came to Dedham, MA, from England in or before 1642. Henry Ware (1764–1845), born in Sherborn, MA, was a Unitarian clergyman and theologian and father of the physician John Ware (b. 1795) and two clergymen, Henry (b. 1794) and William (b. 1797).

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