This surname is metronymic in origin, and is based on the first name of the mother having derived from the Latin
Metronymic names were not uncommon during the medieval period. There were a large number of widows in some English communities, and as a result the children of these women would be referred to as the
The surname Clarot was first found in Huntingdonshire where John Clarrot was considered to be the first record of the family in ancient
. He was listed in the
of 1273. Walter Clarte was listed in
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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 Clarot include Claret, Clarret, Clarot, Clarrot and others.
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: Joseph Claret who arrived in New Orleans in 1821.