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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.

Clarkston Early Origins



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.

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Clarkston Spelling Variations


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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.

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Clarkston Early History


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Clarkston Early History



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

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Clarkston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clarkston Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Clarkston In Ireland


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Clarkston In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Suggested Readings for the name Clarkston


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Suggested Readings for the name Clarkston



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

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Clarkston Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Clarkston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clarkston Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 June 2013 at 15:21.

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