Clarkeridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Clarkeridge is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the given name Clarice, a very popular personal name during the Middle Ages.  This name is of metronymic origin. In this case the original bearer of the surname was the mother, whose children were named after her first name.
The name may also have originally been from Normandy as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Muriel de la Clergesse, Normandy, 1198. 
Early Origins of the Clarkeridge family
The surname Clarkeridge was first found in Cambridgeshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has two entries for the same individual with two different spellings: Henry serviens Claricie, Cambridgeshire; and Henry serviens Clarugge, Cambridgeshire. 
Early History of the Clarkeridge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarkeridge research. Another 38 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1695, 1656, 1660, 1653, 1705, 1728 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Clarkeridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clarkeridge Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Clarkeridge has undergone many spelling variations, including Claridge, Clarridge, Clarges, Clargeis, Claredge, Clarredge, Claradge, Clarradge, Claridges, Clarridges, Claredges and many more.
Early Notables of the Clarkeridge family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Clarges (c 1618-1695), an English politician, Member of Parliament for the Sheriffdoms of Ross, Sutherland, and Cromarty in 1656, Member of Parliament for Westminster in 1660, he was a important messenger between Richard Cromwell and Charles II. George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle noted in his letter to Charles II telling him that "he chose to send Mr. Clarges to...
Migration of the Clarkeridge family to Ireland
Some of the Clarkeridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Clarkeridge family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Clarkeridge were among those contributors: Esther Claridge who settled in Philadelphia in 1820; with James, Joseph, Phillip, and Samuel; Samuel Claradge settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.