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Hoar, Hoare, & Hore

A surname project with deep roots
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About us

Here on FamilyTreeDNA, this is a Y DNA, male-lineage (patriline) surname project to help those currently or previously with the Hoar, Hoare or Hore surname. This surname changed often in family lines that emigrated from Southern England; often hundreds of years ago. Common surname variants before and after include Hoard, Horr, Hord, Hor, le Hore, Orr, Ore, and Oar. Other less common are Shorr, Hoor, Hoore, and Horre. Also Harr, Hobart, and Howard -- recent changes made from other surnames in this project group. Those with similar surname and geographic ties are welcome to join the main project (not here) and help tie various family lines together. Roots may be back from Ireland and Wales as well. More details on the main project website: The project initially focused on the (Charles) Hoar family of Sudbury, MA and the Hezekiah Hoar family of Taunton, MA. Both arrived from Southwest England (Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wilt and Gloucester) in the 1600's to the new Boston Bay Colony. A few independent testers eventually joined as well and so work on recruiting a wider base began. Tangential focus was extended to the Hord's of Virginia in 2015 when some overlap in DNA results appeared and linked them more formally to another English Hore line. The project formally expanded to all with the surname in 2013 to help cover the mass emigration of the 1800's from Southwest England. And to help those who have similar, possibly overlapping, long family lines similar to the early immigrant families mentioned earlier. We would like to see several descendants of each family get their y-DNA tested. Assuming these are unrelated families, each will have it's own STR signature. We use genetic evidence to fill gaps in paper records and build a more complete picture of each family lineage. If yDNA STR or SNP tested and have the surname or match those here, please join this FTDNA project group here: . Otherwise, check the main project pages at for other ways to collaborate with others. This is ONLY a Y DNA, patriline study on FamilyTreeDNA.