× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, French-Alt, French, Irish


Clair is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Clair family lived in Suffolk. The family was originally from Clere, in Vexin, Normandy. The family de Clare were Norman lords who were descended from Richard fitz Gilbert, who accompanied William the Conqueror into England during the Norman Conquest. The family received huge estates including Clare, now a small town Suffolk; and Tonbridge, now a market town in Kent for their efforts.

Clair Early Origins



The surname Clair was first found in Suffolk where Richard fitz Gilbert (d. 1114) was referred to as "Richard of Clare" in the Suffolk return of the Domesday Survey. Some of the family were found at Waldingham in Surrey in ancient times. "This place appears to be mentioned in Domesday Book under the appellation of Wallingham; it was held at the time of the survey under Richard de Clare, and lands here were possessed by the Clares for some time subsequently." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
And another branch was found at Yeddingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. "In 1163, Roger and Helwysia de Clere founded a priory here for nine nuns of the Benedictine order, dedicated to the Virgin Mary." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Close

Clair Spelling Variations


Expand

Clair Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Clair include Clair, Clare, Clere, O'Clear, O'Clair and others.

Close

Clair Early History


Expand

Clair Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clair research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1793 and 1864 are included under the topic Early Clair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Clair Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

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.

Close

Clair In Ireland


Expand

Clair In Ireland



Some of the Clair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Clairs to arrive on North American shores:

Clair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Casper Clair, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748

Clair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Clair, aged 36, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • John T Clair, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1851
  • 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, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Clair (post 1700)


Expand

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.)

Close

Clair Family Crest Products


Expand

Clair Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  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 8 March 2016 at 11:05.

Sign Up

  


FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
House of Names on Facebook
Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
Houseofnames on Pinterest