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Where did the Irish Clary family come from? What is the Irish Clary family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clary family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clary family history?The name Clary 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.
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached. Research into the name Clary revealed spelling variations, including 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 Clary research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Clary History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clary Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Clary or one of its variants:
Clary Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Clary Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Clary Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Clary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clary 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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