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Where did the Irish Clarey family come from? When did the Clarey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clarey family history?The name Clarey originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cleirigh, from the word "cleireach," which means "clerk" or "cleric." The name denotes a descendant of Cleireach, who was born around 820 AD, and descended from Guaire the Hospitable, the famous king of Connacht.
During the Middle Ages, surname were rarely recorded except by clerks, priests and registrars. As a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Clarey family name. Variations found include Clery, Cleary, Claree, Clarey, Cleare, Clearey, Clerey, O'Cleary, O'Clery, Macchlery, Clerkin, Clark and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarey research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Clarey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clarey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Clarey:
Clarey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Clarey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Clarey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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