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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

Clarke Early Origins



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.

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Clarke Spelling Variations


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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.

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Clarke Early History


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Clarke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarke research. Another 143 words (10 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.

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Clarke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clarke Early Notables (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...

Another 131 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clarke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clarke In Ireland


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Clarke In Ireland



Some of the Clarke family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 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


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The Great Migration



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
  • Richard Clarke, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • Edward Clarke with his wife and child, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Brigett Clarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Bridget Clarke, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christopher Clarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1710
  • Robert Clarke, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Frances Clarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Sarah Clarke, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Darby Clarke, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Clarke, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1803
  • Patrick Clarke, who landed in America in 1805
  • Pierson Clarke, aged 36, arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1817
  • Mathew Clarke, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • William Clarke, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John A Clarke, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Mary Ann" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Clarke, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Mary Ann" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarke Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Miss M A Clarke, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Clarke, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Clarke, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Clarke, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • John Clarke, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Clarke landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • B Edward Clarke landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Clarke landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Henry Clarke landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Emma Clarke, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarke Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Frederick Clarke, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clarke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clarke (post 1700)



  • Yvette Diane Clarke (b. 1964), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 2007-; Defeated in primary, 2004; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008
  • William S. Clarke, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford, 1902
  • William F. Clarke, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1839
  • William Davis Clarke (b. 1941), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Eritrea, 1998
  • William C. Clarke, American politician, New Hampshire State Attorney General, 1863-72
  • William Clarke, American politician, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, 1869-70
  • William Clarke, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Hyde County, 1798-99
  • Wessell A. Clarke, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000
  • W. Rooke Clarke, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1922
  • W. J. Clarke, American Democrat politician, Chair of Camden County Democratic Party, 1903
  • ... (Another 185 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Clarke Historic Events


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Clarke Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Joseph Clarke, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. William Clarke, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. J. Clarke, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914
  • 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 on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Edna  Clarke, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. John  Clarke (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Sadie  Clarke (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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 on June 19 1914
  • 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 on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Arthur John Clarke (1907-1941), Australian Leading Aircraftsman from Edithvale, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Clarke (1918-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Maddington, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Stanley W Clarke (b. 1921), English Wireman serving for the Royal Navy from Leicester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Leslie H Clarke (b. 1913), English Electrical Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ilminster, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. David W Clarke (b. 1916), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Islington, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Francis Clarke (b. 1921), English Able Bodied Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Clifford Clarke, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Clarke, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley J Clarke, British Leading Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Clarke (b. 1922), Irish Marine from Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Nore Clarke, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Clarke, English Second Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • 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
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Clarke


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Suggested Readings for the name Clarke



  • The Descendants of Daniel Clarke of Windsor, Connecticut by Frances Bruce Todd.

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Motto



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: Carpe Diem
Motto Translation: Seize the day


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. 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).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. 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.
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The Clarke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clarke 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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