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The name Clare reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Clare 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.

Clare Early Origins



The surname Clare 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.

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Clare Spelling Variations


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Clare Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Clare family name include Clair, Clare, Clere, O'Clear, O'Clair and others.

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Clare Early History


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Clare Early History



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

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Clare Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clare Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Clare In Ireland


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Clare In Ireland



Some of the Clare 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.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Clare family to immigrate North America:

Clare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Clare, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Jo Clare, aged 26, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • John Clare settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Mark Clare, who arrived in Maryland in 1651-1658
  • Walter Clare, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francois Clare, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Katherine Clare, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • George Clare, who landed in Mississippi in 1798
  • William Clare, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Clare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Clare, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Michael Clare, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Pierce Clare, aged 40, arrived in Missouri in 1847
  • Nicholas Clare, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Mr. Clare, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clare Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Cristifer Clare, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1918

Clare Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Clare, aged 35, landed in Canada in 1642

Clare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Clare, aged Emma, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • William Clare, aged 30, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Clare Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Clare, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Comfort Clare, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Maria Ann Clare, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • George Clare, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Clare, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clare (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clare (post 1700)



  • Thomas "Tommy" Clare (1865-1929), English footballer
  • George William Burdett Clare (1889-1917), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John Clare (1793-1864), English poet
  • Ina Clare (1933-2010), British actress, best known for her role as the background character Ina Foot in the BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • Dustin Clare, Australian actor winner of the Logie award

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Clare Historic Events


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Clare Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Clare, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

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