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Where did the French leClere family come from? What is the French leClere family crest and coat of arms? When did the leClere family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the leClere family history?The French name leClere comes from "le clerc," or "the clerk," and as such was an occupational name for a scribe or secretary.
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name leClere is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name 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 leClere 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 leClere History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 54 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early leClere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name leClere has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name leClere were
leClere Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The leClere Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The leClere 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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