Clarkesonn is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the popular family name Clark,
and means the son of Clark.
The surname also has an occupational
origin and was likely derived from the trade or profession of the original bearer. In this case the surname denotes that the bearer was a clerical worker or a clergyman who was employed in religious institutions to write books from old documents. The bearers of this surname were handed high status in the community because of their ability to read and write. One must remember that during the Middle Ages most of the population was quite illiterate by today's standards.
Early Origins of the Clarkesonn family
The surname Clarkesonn was first found in Cumberland
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.
Early History of the Clarkesonn family
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Clarkesonn 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 Clarkesonn has undergone many spelling variations
, including Clarkson, Clarksone, Clerkson and others.
Early Notables of the Clarkesonn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clarkesonn family to Ireland
Some of the Clarkesonn family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Clarkesonn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Clarkesonn were among those contributors: Anne Clarkson who settled in Virginia in 1638 with Jane, her sister; Richard Clarkson arrived in Jamaica in 1685; Charles Clarkson arrived in Fort Cumberland
Nova Scotia in 1774..