The ancestors of the Clarence family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the personal name Laurence.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Labhruinn,
which means son of Labhran
or son of Laurence.
is believed to be descended from Lorn, son of Erc, who landed in Argyll in 503 AD. Although the lineage before the 12th century is difficult to prove, it has been established that the clan held vast territories called the Braes of Balquhidder. They were recorded as being 'all grand, strong men' and, when the Old Kirk at Balquhidder was being repaired, clan members supervised the exhumation of some of the bodies of ancient members of the clan from the graveyard that was a traditional the burial place of the theirs. They found bones measuring 23 and a half inches long, which makes them big men even by today's standards.
Early Origins of the Clarence family
The surname Clarence was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, where in the valley of Loch Voil between the head of Loch Lomond and Loch Earn they were so powerful that it was once said that no one could take his place in church until the MacLaren Clan
were properly seated. They were kinsmen of the Celtic Earls of Strathearn and their branches were at Balquidder, Strathearn, Auchleskine, Stank, Druach and Lochearnside. They engaged neighboring Clans in lively feuds but always remained faithful in their allegiance to the Royal House of Stewart. They were hereditary Celtic Abbots of Achtow and derive their name from Abbot Lawrence. For almost a thousand years the gathering place of the Clan
has been Creag an Tuirc, the 'Boars Rock' in Achtow, in Balquhidder. This has also been adopted as their slogan.
Early History of the Clarence family
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Clarence Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Clarence include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacLaren, MacLaron, MacLaurin, MacLarty, MacClarence, MacPhater, MacFeeter and many more.
Early Notables of the Clarence family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clarence family to Ireland
Some of the Clarence family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Clarence family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Clarence or a variant listed above: John and Patrick McLaren who settled in South Carolina in 1716; Archibald McLaren settled in Savannah in 1821; Daniel, David, James, John, Lawrence, and Peter McLaren all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Clarence (post 1700)
- Duke George Clarence (1449-1478), English Duke of Clarence
- Percival Clarence Millar AM (1925-2017), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Wide Bay (1974-1990)
- Ivan Clarence Morgan (1880-1949), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Austin, Indiana, 1905-14, 1921-33; Indiana Republican State Chair, 1937 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- General Charles Clarence McDonald (1933-2017), United States Air Force general, Commander of the Air Force Logistics Command (COMAFLC) from 1989 to 1992
- Charles Clarence Butt (b. 1938), American billionaire businessman, son of Howard Butt
- Bryan Clarence Murray (1942-2017), Canadian professional ice hockey executive and coach, General Manager of the Ottawa Senators (2007-2016)
- Horatio Clarence Hocken (1857-1937), Canadian politician, 36th Mayor of Toronto (1912-1914), Member of the Canadian Parliament for Toronto West (1917-1925), Senator for Toronto, Ontario (1933-1937)
- Ivan Clarence Carnaby (1908-1974), Australian farmer, naturalist and ornithologist
- W. Clarence Sheldon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 1st District, 1896-97 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- C. Clarence Frick, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Swansea, 1926; Stoke-on-Trent, 1927 CITATION[CLOSE]
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The Clarence 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: Creag an tuirc
Motto Translation: The boar's rock.
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