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Multiple Origins for the Surname Clair



The name Clair reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Clair family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Clair family lived in Suffolk. Some say the family was originally from Clere, in Vexin, Normandy, and that it is from this location that their surname derives.

Clair Early Origins



The surname Clair was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands, before any of the name made their way to Ireland. They were directly descended from Gilbert Crispin whose son Richard Fitzgilbert was the first settler in England, they enjoy the same ancestors as King William Duke of Normandy. One of Fitzgilbert's descendants was Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, known as " Strongbow," who took his surname from his estate in Suffolk. He left Clair Castle in Suffolk with an army of 2,000 Norman nobles and invaded Ireland in 1172, taking many of his family with him.

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Clair Spelling Variations


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Clair Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Clair, Clare, Clere, O'Clear, O'Clair and others.

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Clair Early History


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Clair Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clair research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clair Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clair Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Clair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clair In Ireland


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Clair In Ireland



Some of the Clair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Casper Clair, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Clair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Clair, aged 36, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John T Clair, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Louise Clair, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1898

Clair Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Chaudet Clair, aged 19, who settled in America from Vassieu, in 1903
  • Livinia Clair, aged 3, who emigrated to America from Portleven, in 1906
  • Louis Clair, aged 25, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1907
  • Maxime Clair, aged 28, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1907
  • Caroline Clair, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Rougemont le Chateau, France, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clair Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frances Clair, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clair (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clair (post 1700)



  • Dottie Le Clair, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 8th District, 2004
  • Eugene G. St. Clair (b. 1847), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Marquette County 2nd District, 1891-92
  • Edward St. Clair, American Republican politician, Secretary of Illinois Republican Party, 1910
  • Donna St. Clair, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Fayette County, 1954, 1960
  • Clency C. St. Clair (1871-1957), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1912
  • Cecil T. St. Clair, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 2nd District, 1961
  • Alexander St. Clair, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1892
  • George L. St. Clair, American politician, Member of Maine State Senate 12th District, 1931-32
  • H. Maynadier St. Clair, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1912, 1932
  • J. H. St. Clair, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1912
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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: Virtute non verbis
Motto Translation: Deeds not words


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

The Clair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clair 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.

This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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