Origins Available: English, Scottish
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.
Early Origins of the Clarken family
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.
Early History of the Clarken family
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Clarken Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Clarken has appeared include Clark, Clerk and others.
Early Notables of the Clarken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clarken family to Ireland
Some of the Clarken family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Clarken family to the New World and Oceana
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
Clarken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Clarken (post 1700)
The Clarken 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 Translation: Fortitude.
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