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Clarges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the name Clarges are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the given name Clarice, a very popular personal name during the Middle Ages. This name is of metronymic origin. In this case the original bearer of the surname was the mother, whose children were named after her first name.

Early Origins of the Clarges family


The surname Clarges was first found in London 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.

Early History of the Clarges family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarges research.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1695, 1656, 1660, 1653, 1705, 1728 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Clarges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clarges Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Clarges has been spelled many different ways, including Claridge, Clarridge, Clarges, Clargeis, Claredge, Clarredge, Claradge, Clarradge, Claridges, Clarridges, Claredges and many more.

Early Notables of the Clarges family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Clarges (c 1618-1695), an English politician, Member of Parliament for the Sheriffdoms of Ross, Sutherland, and Cromarty in 1656, Member of Parliament for Westminster in 1660, he was a important messenger between Richard Cromwell and Charles II. George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle...
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Migration of the Clarges family to Ireland


Some of the Clarges family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Clarges family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Clargess to arrive in North America: Esther Claridge who settled in Philadelphia in 1820; with James, Joseph, Phillip, and Samuel; Samuel Claradge settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.

Contemporary Notables of the name Clarges (post 1700)


  • Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Clarges (1702-1780), English officer in the Royal Irish Dragoons

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