The Fares clan in Lebanon is settled in Anfe', Lebanon in the El-Koura region (just south of Tripoli). They have been in that village for many generations and in the surrounding areas. There are excellent records of the family in Balamand monastery where most of them have been married, at the huge church on the beach of St. Georges (the patron saint of Anfe'). You will also find them in Chekkah, Bushmazine and also in Jounieh and Beirut.
Every family in Anfe' seems to have a son named George. There have been multiple marriages into the Saliba clan (meaning Cross) and Aoudeh (one of the Aoudehs is a Bishop in the Orthodox Church).
In my husband's family, there is always an alternating generation of Najib Nabil and then a Nabil Najib. Marianne Saliba wed Najib Najbil and had three sons named Nabil, Zouhair and Nazir. Nabil wed Mahassen Aoudeh and had ten children, the oldest son being Najib. They fled to Cypress during the war, but returned within a year. The oldest son went to college in the USA and married Angela Anderson. We have two children (James Nabil and Christina Mahassen).
The Fares and Aoudeh families scattered to France, Germany, Australia (Syndey and Perth), and there are 200 families from Anfe' now living in Boston.
I visited Anfe' and took my children there during a lull in the war to meet the families. I can help anyone obtain records if you need them.
The name of Fares is a French translation of the name. It looks European because the French had imposed educational system in Lebanon and North Africa for many years. French was the language used to translate documents of birth, death and immigration for many years. I have seen it spelled other ways when the families went to Ireland and England, but generally the name was Fares if the person came from the Middle East.
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