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The Hoar, Hoare & Hore Surname DNA Project is open to all families with this surname, and all derivatives from all locations.   
The surname mostly originates in the Southwest England region in the middle ages.  Some roots to/from Ireland exist as do branches in Wales and the wider Southern England.  The surname was often changed after emigration from there; especially going to North America and Oceana.  The three surnames forming the title here are the most common root sources and still the main ones found in England today.

The following surname derivatives are explicitely also included in this project:
Hoare is the most common surname that still exists predominantly in Southern England and Ireland today.  Hore is vary rare now and mostly isolated to a very narrow area around Devonshire today.  It was most often changed to Hoar.  As a result, Hoar is more common in North America and Oceana today than in England but almost always derives from this base.  Once in North America, a change from Hoar to Horr or Hoard was common in the 1700's.  More recently, some have changed to already used surnames of Harr as well as Orr, Ore and Oar. The latter three dropping the H that was commonly silent in the English use of the surname; the former to a spelling more like how the name was pronounced in the 1800's Massachusetts.  A few family lines did a more explicit, drastic name change to more common surnames of HobartHoward, and Shorr by adding one or more consonants.  Hord is a special case we are including as (a) there are some distinct lines in North America but the surname is not common in England and (b) early DNA tests are showing an overlap with the main surname lines and geographic origins already covered here.  Other variations we have seen elsewhere but not experienced yet are Hoor, Hoore, Hor, and Horre.  le Hore is an early base surname reported by some but not really known to be linked or factual.  There may be more.  See our Surname Frequency forum post for more information.
 
This particular DNA surname project seems to hit a sweat spot that will make it more successful for those hitting genealogical road blocks.  One, the surnames are more rare or unique in use. Thus making research back for hundreds of years possible and more fruitful.  Two, the surname was often changed over the past 500-800 years and thus people often hit roadblocks in research not realizing this.  And three, the surname seems to have been distinct and isolated to a small area of England (and possibly Ireland) before spreading further out and transforming.  As a result, we have having easy and early success with using genetic genealogy in conjunction with traditional methods to link people who are separated by hundreds of years (10 generations or more).  So if your DNA is hitting a match in one of our project subgroups, or you think there may have been a name change from one of those surnames listed above, come explore our work further.
 
The real genealogical results to help any user, whether you have done any DNA testing or not, are on the DNA Groupings page accessible via the tab across the top of most pages.  Also check out our Forum for postings and discussions of research results. To get started in DNA or Genetic testing, see our Genetic Genealogy page.  Unlike other groups, our Patriarchs page is a further refinement of our Y-DNA surname groups providing site references to extensive research.  There are too many lines linked back 300-500 years to have everyone list their individual knowledge.
 
   

 


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