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Where did the English Clark family come from? What is the English Clark family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clark family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clark family history?

The name Clark comes from one of the family having worked as a person who concerned himself with matters of scholarly importance or of religious orders or as a secretary. The surname Clark originally derived from the Latin form clericus Even today, the word and profession clerk is typically pronounced clark throughout the United Kingdom.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Clark have been found, including: Clark, Clerk and others.

First found in Northumberland, where the ancestral home of the Clark family is thought to be located. The family held a family seat in this county from the days before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clark research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1683, 1655, 1675, 1729, 1639, 1714, 1659, 1735, 1689 and are included under the topic Early Clark History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clark Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Clark family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Clark, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America 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


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


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


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


  • Alexr Clark, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Rd Clark, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thom Clark, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Uriah Clark, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Win Clark, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760


Clark Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mary Clark, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • William Clark, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Francis Clark a painter, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Ann Clark arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • Elizabeth Clark, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833


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
  • Daniel Clark, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Clark, English convict from Huntingdon, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Reuben Clark, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Clark, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia


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


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  • 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
  • S Clark, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Otis Clark (1903-2012), African-American who was the oldest living survivor Tulsa race riot, Hollywood butler to movie stars Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, and Joan Crawford

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  • Adam's Ancestors (including the Clark Family) by Thomas Nathan Clark.
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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: Fortitudo
Motto Translation: Fortitude.

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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.

This page was last modified on 8 August 2015 at 10:11.

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