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Where did the French Cler family come from? What is the French Cler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cler family history?The French name Cler comes from "le clerc," or "the clerk," and as such was an occupational name for a scribe or secretary.
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Cler include Leclair, Leclaire, Leclaires, Leclère, Leclere, Leclères, Lecleres, Leclert, Lecler, le Clair, le Claire, le Claires, le Clère, le Clere, le Clères, le Clert, le Cler, Clair, Claire, Claires, Clère, Clere, Clères, Clert and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cler research. Another 138 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1633, 1637, 1657, 1697, 1714, 1736, 1774, 1791, and 1793 are included under the topic Early Cler History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 54 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Cler surname were
Cler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Cler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cler 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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