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The name Clarkson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally 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.

Clarkson Early Origins



The surname Clarkson 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.

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Clarkson Spelling Variations


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Clarkson Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Clarkson include Clarkson, Clarksone, Clerkson and others.

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Clarkson Early History


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Clarkson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarkson research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1500, 1615 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Clarkson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clarkson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clarkson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clarkson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clarkson In Ireland


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Clarkson In Ireland



Some of the Clarkson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Clarkson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne Clarkson who settled in Virginia in 1638 with Jane, her sister
  • Ann Clarkson, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Jane Clarkson, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Edward Clarkson, who arrived in Maryland in 1652
  • James Clarkson, who landed in Maryland in 1679
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarkson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Clarkson, who landed in Virginia in 1719

Clarkson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Rutherford Clarkson, who landed in New York in 1801
  • George Clarkson, who arrived in New York in 1833
  • William Clarkson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • Alexander Clarkson, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Francis Clarkson, who landed in New York, NY in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarkson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Charles Clarkson arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Charles Clarkson, aged 19, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774

Clarkson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Clarkson, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • John Clarkson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Mrs. Clarkson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848

Clarkson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Clarkson, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • Henry Clarkson, aged 15, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Henry Clarkson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • Mary Ann Clarkson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • Jane Clarkson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clarkson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Clarkson, aged 34, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Sarah Clarkson, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Clarkson, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • George Clarkson, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Ann Clarkson, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clarkson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clarkson (post 1700)



  • Lana Jean Clarkson (1962-2003), American actress and fashion model who was fatally shot by songwriter and producer Phil Spector
  • John Gibson Clarkson (1861-1909), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1882 to 1894, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963
  • Kelly Clarkson (b. 1982), American Grammy award winning pop singer and songwriter, best known for her debut single "A Moment Like This"
  • Patricia Davies Clarkson (b. 1959), American two-time Emmy Award winning, Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress
  • Major-General Percy William Clarkson (1893-1962), American Deputy Commander in Chief US Army Pacific (1950-1953)
  • Brigadier-General Herbert Slayden Clarkson (1891-1974), American Inspector General US North African Theater of Operations (1943-1944)
  • Frank T. Clarkson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1912
  • Edward M. Clarkson, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1895
  • E. L. Clarkson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1916
  • Coker Fifield Clarkson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

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  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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