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The earliest origins of the name Clackson date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the popular family name Clark, and means the son of Clark. The surname also has an occupational origin and was likely derived from the trade or profession of the original bearer. In this case the surname denotes that the bearer was a clerical worker or a clergyman who was employed in religious institutions to write books from old documents. The bearers of this surname were handed high status in the community because of their ability to read and write. One must remember that during the Middle Ages most of the population was quite illiterate by today's standards.

Clackson Early Origins



The surname Clackson was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Clackson Early History


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Clackson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clackson research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1500, 1615 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Clackson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clackson Spelling Variations


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Clackson Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clackson include Clarkson, Clarksone, Clerkson and others.

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Clackson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clackson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clackson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clackson In Ireland


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Clackson In Ireland



Some of the Clackson 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clackson or a variant listed above:

Clackson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Clackson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [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)

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