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Clarken is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who concerned himself with matters of scholarly importance or of religious orders or as a secretary. The surname Clarken originally derived from the Latin form clericus Even today, the word and profession clerk is typically pronounced clark throughout the United Kingdom.

Clarken Early Origins



The surname Clarken was first found in Northumberland, where the ancestral home of the Clarken 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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Clarken Spelling Variations


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Clarken Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Clarken has appeared include Clark, Clerk and others.

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Clarken Early History


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Clarken Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarken 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 Clarken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clarken Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clarken Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir James Clark, a physician to the King; Samuel Clarke (1599-1683), an English clergyman and significant Puritan biographer; William Clerk, LL.D...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clarken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clarken In Ireland


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Clarken In Ireland



Some of the Clarken 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Clarken arrived in North America very early:

Clarken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Chris Clarken, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834

Clarken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Clarken arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871
  • Catherine Clarken arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871
  • Peter Clarken, aged 54, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Ellen Clarken, aged 50, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Owen Clarken, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clarken (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clarken (post 1700)



  • Richard M. Clarken, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 12th District, 1875-77

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Motto


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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: Fortitudo
Motto Translation: Fortitude.


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Citations


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Citations



    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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Clarken Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clarken 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 29 January 2016 at 09:04.

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