Our Bare Family Genealogy

or Bar,Baer, Barr, Bear, Behr and many other variations

Family Tree (temp closed)
My Ancestors: Bare, Cottier, Moody and Uptegrove trees
History of Bare's Landing, Ohio
Jacob Bare, Sr was an early settler (bef. 1818) of SE Ohio and owned all the land where the town of Hannibal is now located.
Bare Links
More Bare histories and sites about the places they lived
Bare Bits
Bare mentions found online and offline- can you find a connection?
you know...what's his name
and other problems with spelling and names from other countries (like Hans)
Genealogy Help
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Confused about the Bare name variations in mine and other Bare histories?

Its understandable!  As most of us family historians know it's often difficult and confusing to find our relatives due to cousins, even brothers, with the same name and similar birth and death dates.  Of course that's why professional genealogists use a 'soundex code' that groups together similar-sounding and often misspelled surnames.  For example the one for Bare, Bar, Baer etc is B600.

Then you add the confusion that happens with some 'common word' surnames like Bare...well, I think fellow researcher Ken Bare of Florida summed it up nicely in his 1987 Bare Family notes which he shared with one of our contributors:

"apparently there was nothing sacred in the spelling of a name in those times, especially if it was written by someone other than the person who owned it.  As I pursued my search I have kept a record of the variations in the spelling of our name and, though it seems inconceivable that a one syllable name could be so manipulated, that tally comes to 81 and who knows how many more ways there are!"  Ken Bare, FL'87

I have chosen to spell the Bare name as it was spelled by the owner, when known, or the most often used.  Although it may seem crazy, my research has shown that even brothers changed the spelling of their Bare name to where there might be 3 or 4 ways to spell Bare in one generation!  Then there were trends, as many Bar's and Bare's changed their name to Bear in the 19th century only to change it back to Bare again later....or not!

And then we have the issue of Hans... I have recently read a very interesting article on Swiss (or German) naming.  Turns out the name Hans is a fairly generic name often used with Jacob, Heinrich, and other names....ie Hans Jacob (John Jacob) or Hans Heinrich (John Henry).  So in the same family if you did not know the middle name, you would have several sons named Hans.  Not only that, but because it was so generic it was often dropped since the people were known by their middle name!  Talk about a rat's nest of confusion for us family historians! 

In our family, I have variously seen Hans Jacob Jagely Bar and Jacob Jagely Bar... are they the same person?  That is very possible and I think likely based on my research so far... but please let me know if you can add any information to confirm or deny!

Please don't let the various spellings distract you from the rich history that is portrayed in the stories behind the names... and we hope you enjoy the site!