|Origins of the Nares surname:
We have two possible theories;
1. According to C L'Estrange Ewen ("A History of Surnames of the British Isles, 1931) the name derives fro the old English word "Knar", meaning "rugged rock" or "tree-stump". Deriving surnames from topographical features was not uncommon (eg Fields, Hills, Banks etc) and adding an "s", as in the examples above, is also familiar to everyone. He adds that "Nar" may also be a personal name, found as a prototheme in place names like Nardred, Narborough and Narford.
2. A recent email from Peter Lyon, who is researching place-names in East Kilbride, revealed this explanation for the derivation of Nerston, which is self explanatory:
the Will of Francis Dandridge (who we believe must be related to Jane
Dandridge [wife of George Nares 1683-1755] but are still trying to
prove!) he appoints George's two sons (Sir George and James Nares) as
executors, and later in the same document makes bequests to them,
spelling the surname as Naires. Coupled with a possible connection
between the Naires and Dandridge families in Parish records from St
Helen's Church, Worcester, this seems to add weight to the "French
Connection" in Theory 2.