Clarke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Clarke is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who concerned himself with matters of scholarly importance or of religious orders or as a secretary. The surname Clarke originally derived from the Latin form clericus

Early Origins of the Clarke family

The surname Clarke was first found in Kent 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.

Important Dates for the Clarke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarke research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1661, 1647, 1649, 1672, 1675, 1670, 1675, 1609, 1676, 1599, 1683, 1624, 1686, 1661, 1679, 1681, 1685, 1619, 1687, 1672, 1655, 1715, 1710, 1715, 1626, 1697, 1681, 1653 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Clarke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clarke Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Clarke include Clarke, Clerke and others.

Early Notables of the Clarke family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Clarke (died 1666), an English politician, Secretary at War (1661), Secretary to the Council of the Army, 1647-1649; Timothy Clarke (died 1672), an English physician, a founding Fellow of the Royal Society; John Clarke (died 1675), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1670 to 1675; John Clarke (1609-1676), English-born medical doctor born at Westhorpe, Suffolk, Baptist minister, co-founder of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, author of its charter, and leading advocate...
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Migration of the Clarke family to Ireland

Some of the Clarke 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.

Clarke migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Clarke were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Clarke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Clarke, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [1]
  • Richard Clarke, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower" [1]
  • Edward Clarke with his wife and child, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Brigett Clarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • Bridget Clarke, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [1]
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Clarke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Clarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1710 [1]
  • Robert Clarke, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [1]
  • Frances Clarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Sarah Clarke, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Darby Clarke, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
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Clarke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Clarke, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1803 [1]
  • Patrick Clarke, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • Pierson Clarke, aged 36, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1817 [1]
  • Mathew Clarke, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
  • William Clarke, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
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Clarke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John A Clarke, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

Clarke migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clarke Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Clarke, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Dennis Clarke, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Clarke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Clarke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Moses Clarke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
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Clarke Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Clarke, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Barnet Clarke, who landed in Canada in 1829
  • hums Clarke, who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • William Clarke, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Mary Ann" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Clarke, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Mary Ann" from Belfast, Ireland
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Clarke Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Miss M A Clarke, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Clarke migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Clarke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Clarke, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Clarke, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Clarke, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Clarke, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Clarke, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
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Clarke Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Miss May Ann Clarke, (b. 1869), aged 39, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Ortona" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 27th March 1908 [6]

Clarke migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Clarke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Clarke, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • B Edward Clarke, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Clarke, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Henry Clarke, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Emma Clarke, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
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Clarke Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Clarke, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Clarke (post 1700)

  • Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917-2008), British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for his novel 2001: "A Space Odyssey" [7]
  • Lydia Marie Clarke (1923-2018), American actress and photographer, and the wife of Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston
  • Brigadier-General Carter Weldon Clarke (1896-1987), American Director Army Security Agency (1949-1950) [8]
  • General Bruce Cooper Clarke (1901-1988), American Commander in Chief US Army Europe (1960-1962) [9]
  • Martha Clarke (b. 1944), American dancer and choreographer
  • Frank Wigglesworth Clarke (1847-1931), American chemist sometimes known as the "Father of Geochemistry," he is credited with having determined composition of the Earth's crust
  • Andrew T. J. Clarke (1860-1955), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canterbury, 1891-92, 1923-28; Member of Connecticut State Senate 29th District, 1931-32 [10]
  • Ambrose B. Clarke, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Buckhannon, West Virginia, 1878-85 [10]
  • Allison Clarke, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2008 [10]
  • Albert S. Clarke (1905-1963), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1956, 1960 [10]
  • ... (Another 202 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Clarke family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Joseph Clarke, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [11]
  • Mr. William Clarke, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [11]
  • Mr. J. Clarke, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [11]
  • Miss Nellie Clarke (1905-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mrs. Lavinia Clarke (1880-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Edna  Clarke, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
  • Mr. John  Clarke (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [13]
  • Miss Sadie  Clarke (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Leonard Clarke (1880-1914), English Miner from Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [14]
  • Mr. John Charles Clarke (1882-1914), Welsh Miner from Wales, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [14]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Arthur John Clarke (1907-1941), Australian Leading Aircraftsman from Edithvale, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Harry Clarke (1918-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Maddington, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Stanley W Clarke (b. 1921), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Leicester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Leslie H Clarke (b. 1913), English Electrical Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ilminster, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. David W Clarke (b. 1916), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Islington, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Francis Clarke (b. 1921), English Able Bodied Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Clifford Clarke, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Clarke, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Stanley J Clarke, British Leading Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. James Clarke (b. 1922), Irish Marine from Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert Edwin Clarke (1901-1939), British Petty Officer Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
  • Francis Henry Clarke (1918-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [19]
  • Ellis Clarke, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [19]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Nore Clarke, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. James Clarke, English Second Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [21]
  • Reverend Charles Cowley Clarke, English 1st Class Passenger originating in Clifton, England going to Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11 [21]
  • Mr. Alfred Russell Clarke, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and Survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible but later died [21]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles Valentine Clarke (d. 1912), aged 29, English Second Class passenger from Netley Abbey, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mrs. Ada Maria Clarke, aged 28, English Second Class passenger from Netley Abbey, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 14 [22]
  • Mr. John Frederick Preston Clarke (d. 1912), aged 30, English Second Class passenger from Liverpool, Merseyside who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Eugene Clarke, American Seaman First Class from Kansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [23]

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Citations

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  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  7. ^ Arthur Clarke. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Arthur Clarke. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Carter Clarke. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Clarke/Carter_Weldon/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Bruce Clarke. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Clarke/Bruce_Cooper/USA.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  15. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  19. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  21. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  22. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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