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Although the Clark surname has long been born in Scotland, the name itself is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It is derived from the Old English "clerec," which is itself derived from the Latin "clericus," meaning "priest." The term "clerec" originally denoted a member of a religious order; however, as these were the only people who were taught to read and write, the term eventually came to refer to any literate man. Thus, the name Clark may have originally referred to a scholar, a scribe, a secretary, or a member of a religious order. The name in Gaelic was Mac a' Chleirich. Even today, the word and profession "clerk" is typically pronounced "clark" throughout the United Kingdom.

Clark Early Origins



The surname Clark was first found in the counties on both sides of the border between England and Scotland. There is a record of a James the Clerk, witnessing a charter in Dumfriesshire in 1249.

The Clarks were not a full-fledged clan; rather they were probably a sept of the ecclesiastic Clan MacPherson, although the Camerons also show a tie with the Clarks and Clarksons. Even though Clerk or Clark was primarily a name given to those of a specific occupation, the Celtic Church of the north would undoubtedly have assumed an order that was very clan-like.

The Clarks would also have been amongst the most educated and wise people to have lived in Scotland, and as conveyors of the Christian faith their power and authority would have often matched that of chiefs. The Feudal System initiated by Ceanmore in southern Scotland, was more fully implemented by the Norman King David I, who often made abbots as powerful as Chiefs, granting them extensive tracts of land and power. Clarks, then, would have certainly held a special role of authority as individuals, if not as a clan.


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Clark Spelling Variations


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Clark Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Clark, Clerk and others.

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Clark Early History


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Clark Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clark research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1406, 1599, 1675, 1683, 1729, 1770, 1775, 1838, and 1859 are included under the topic Early Clark History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clark Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clark Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Richard Clark of Montrose, who became vice-admiral of Sweden in the 17th century; Sir James Clark, a physician to the King; Samuel Clarke (1599-1683), an English clergyman and significant Puritan biographer; Samuel Clarke...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clark Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clark In Ireland


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Clark In Ireland



Some of the Clark family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) 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:

Clark Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nic Clark, who landed in New England in 1632
  • Nico Clark, who landed in America in 1632
  • Nicholas Clark, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Geo Clark, aged 15, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Gilbert Clark, aged 19, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clark Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Clark, who landed in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Zach Clark, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Honnery Clark, who arrived in North Carolina in 1702
  • Ben Clark, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Danll Clark, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clark Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Zachariah Clark, who landed in America in 1801-1802
  • William Clark, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Patrick Clark, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Francois Clark, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Elnr Clark, who arrived in America in 1805
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clark Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Henry Clark, who arrived in Alabama in 1917

Clark Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Clark, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Alexander Clark, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Clark, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Rd Clark, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thom Clark, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clark Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Clark, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Mary Clark, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • William Clark, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Francis Clark a painter, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Ann Clark arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clark Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Clark, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Daniel Clark, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • William Clark, English convict from Huntingdon, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Reuben Clark, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • William Clark, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clark Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Clark landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • C Clark landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Peter Clark landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • R Clark landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Tyne
  • Rice Owen Clark landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clark (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clark (post 1700)



  • Guy Charles Clark (1941-2016), American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist
  • Wesley Allison Clark (1927-2016), American physicist and computer engineer credited for designing the first modern personal computer, charter recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award for "First Personal Computer."
  • Barbara M. Clark (1939-2016), American politician, Member of the New York State Assembly (1987-2016)
  • Nancy Randall Clark (1938-2015), American schoolteacher and politician, Member of the Maine House of Representatives (1973-1978)
  • David Crosby Clark Jr. (1926-2015), American politician and attorney, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (1968-1974)
  • Eugenie Clark (1922-2015), nicknamed "The Shark Lady," an American ichthyologist, known for her research on poisonous fish of the tropical seas and on the behavior of sharks
  • William Clark (d. 1913), American Olympic sliver medalist for archery at the 1904 games
  • Ellery Clark (1874-1949), American two time Olympic gold medalist in the 1896 games
  • William Clark (1770-1838), American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor, best remembered as leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • William Patrick Clark Jr., (1931-2013), American rancher, judge, and public servant, United States National Security Advisor (1982-1983), and the Secretary of the Interior (1983-1985)
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Clark Historic Events


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Clark Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Thomas Clark (1891-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was returning to England due to Consumption and died in the sinking of the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Ellen Clark (1866-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was returning to England with son who had Consumption and died in the sinking of the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Charles Robert Clark (1873-1914), British First Class Passenger returning from Detroit, Michigan, United States who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Stephen Clark (1895-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Flight 191

  • S Clark, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Amos  Clark (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. George  Clark, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Thomas Welsby Clark (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Daniel Murchie Clark (1919-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert G Clark (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Romford, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard A Clark (b. 1912), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Whitehill, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John F Clark (b. 1915), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Motcombe, North Shaftsbury, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Jack C P Clark (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Clark, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Keith Hood Fergusson Clark, British Midshipman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter
  • Mr. Donald Clark, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Victor Cecil Froggatt Clark, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Master Robert James Clark, English Steward's Young Assistant from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Clark, aged 39, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 15
  • Mrs. Virginia Estelle Clark, (née McDowell), aged 26, American First Class passenger from Los Angeles, California who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Mr. Walter Miller Clark (d. 1912), aged 27, American First Class passenger from Los Angeles, California who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Clark


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Suggested Readings for the name Clark



  • Adam's Ancestors (including the Clark Family) by Thomas Nathan Clark.

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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: In Deo speravi
Motto Translation: In God have I trusted.


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Clark Clan Badge


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Clark Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Clark
Clark, Clerk and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821

Other References

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  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The Clark Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clark 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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