The Clarredge family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the given name Clarice, a very popular personal name
during the Middle Ages. This name is of metronymic origin. In this case the original bearer of the surname was the mother, whose children were named after her first name.
Early Origins of the Clarredge family
The surname Clarredge was first found in London 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 Clarredge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarredge research.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1695, 1656, 1660, 1653, 1705, 1728 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Clarredge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clarredge Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Clarredge include Claridge, Clarridge, Clarges, Clargeis, Claredge, Clarredge, Claradge, Clarradge, Claridges, Clarridges, Claredges and many more.
Early Notables of the Clarredge family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Clarges (c 1618-1695), an English politician, Member of Parliament for the Sheriffdoms of Ross, Sutherland
, and Cromarty in 1656, Member of Parliament for Westminster in 1660, he was a important messenger between Richard Cromwell
and Charles II. George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle... Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clarredge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clarredge family to Ireland
Some of the Clarredge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clarredge family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Clarredge were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Esther Claridge who settled in Philadelphia in 1820; with James, Joseph, Phillip, and Samuel; Samuel Claradge settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.