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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ware
To wear, or veer. See Wear.
noun Ware

Etymology: AS. wār

noun Ware
Articles of merchandise; the sum of articles of a particular kind or class; style or class of manufactures; especially, in the plural, goods; commodities; merchandise.

Note: ☞ Although originally and properly a collective noun, it admits of a plural form, when articles of merchandise of different kinds are meant. It is often used in composition; as in hard ware, glass ware, tin ware, etc.

Etymology: OE. ware, AS. waru; akin to D. waar, G. waare, Icel. & Sw. vara, Dan. vare; and probably to E. worth, a. See Worth (a.)

adjective Ware
A ware; taking notice; hence, wary; cautious; on one's guard. See Beware.

Etymology: OE. war, AS. wær. √142. See Wary

noun Ware
The state of being ware or aware; heed.

Etymology: AS. waru caution

verb Ware
To make ware; to warn; to take heed of; to beware of; to guard against.

Etymology: As. warian

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Commodities offered for sale
  2. Articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'
  3. Spend extravagantly

From Old English wær, from Proto-Germanic *waraz.

  1. (obsolete) The state of being aware; heed.

From Old English waru, from Proto-Germanic *warō (“attention”) as in beware, in the sense of “an object of care, a valuable”, from Proto-Indo-European *wer-, whence also ward. Cognate with Dutch waar (“goods offered for sale or use”).

  1. (uncountable, usually in combination) Goods or a type of goods offered for sale or use.
  2. (in the plural) See .
  3. (uncountable) Pottery or metal goods.
    damascene , tole
  4. (countable, archaeology) A style or genre of artifact.
  5. (Ireland) Crockery

From Middle English waren (“to be ware, be on guard, be mindful, protect, guard”), fromw Old English warian, from Proto-Germanic *warōną.

From Old English war (“seaweed”). Cognate with Dutch wier (“seaweed”), Middle Dutch wier (“seaweed”).

  1. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) seaweed

    ware was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, Hausa, Japanese, Maori, Middle Dutch, and Scots

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ware

    Her most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Hannah was given the name Hannah Rose Ware by her parent John Ware (TV journalist) on December 8th, 1982 in Hammersmith, London, England, UK.


    Jessie Ware is a pop music, contemporary r&b, electronica, and soul music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. Jessie was given the name Jessica Lois Ware on October 15th, 1984 in London, England, UK.


    DeMarcus Ware is an american football player for the Denver Broncos. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. DeMarcus was born on July 31st, 1982 in Auburn, Alabama.


    Kevin Ware is a basketball player for the Georgia State Panthers men's basketball in the Sun Belt Conference. Kevin was born on January 3rd, 1993 in The Bronx.


    Koko B. Ware is a wrestler. Koko was born on June 20th, 1957 in Union City, Tennessee.


    Andre Ware is a football player for the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Ottawa Rough Riders, BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts, and Berlin Thunder. He was most prominent from 1990 to 1999. Andre was born on July 31st, 1968 in Galveston, Texas.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ware U.S.
      White 48.69% 64.26%
      African American 44.88% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.75% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Ware

    People with the last name Ware are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Ware

    • How Popular is the name Ware? Ware is the 77,698th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ware was the 700th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Ware have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7 babies born with the first name Ware in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ware? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Ware first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ware is Sunday, April 9th, 1882.
    • What year had the most people named Ware born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ware was in 1920 with a total of 7 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Ware: Your name in reverse order is Eraw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rawe. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Ware? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 49,316 people with the last name Ware.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ware? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 17 of them will have Ware as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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