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Clarkston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the name Clarkston are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name 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 Clarkston family


The surname Clarkston 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 Clarkston family


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Clarkston Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Clarkston has been spelled many different ways, including Clarkson, Clarksone, Clerkson and others.

Early Notables of the Clarkston family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Clarkston family to Ireland


Some of the Clarkston 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.

Migration of the Clarkston family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Clarkstons to arrive in North America:

Clarkston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Clarkston, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States from Bathgate, Scotland, in 1922
  • William Clarkston, aged 1, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923
  • David Clarkston, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • Francis Clarkston, aged 26, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Clarkston (post 1700)


  • Ross Clarkston Mathie (b. 1946), Scottish football former player and coach

Suggested Readings for the name Clarkston


  • Descendants of Thomas Clarkston (1787-1858) by Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman.

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