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Where did the English Clark family come from? What is the English Clark family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clark family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clark family history?The name Clark comes from one of the family having worked as a person who concerned himself with matters of scholarly importance or of religious orders or as a secretary. The surname Clark originally derived from the Latin form clericus Even today, the word and profession clerk is typically pronounced clark throughout the United Kingdom.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Clark have been found, including: Clark, Clerk and others.
First found in Northumberland, where the ancestral home of the Clark family is thought to be located. The family held a family seat in this county from the days before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clark research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1675, 1683, 1729, 1770, 1775, 1838, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Clark History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clark Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Clark family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 168 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Clark, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Clark Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Clark Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Clark Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Clark Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Fortitude.
The Clark Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clark Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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