Clarret History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Clarret is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the given name Clarret. This surname is metronymic in origin, and is based on the first name of the mother having derived from the Latin Clara which literally means bright and fair. 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 widow's child.

Early Origins of the Clarret family

The surname Clarret was first found in Huntingdonshire where John Clarrot was considered to be the first record of the family in ancient England. He was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Walter Clarte was listed in Normandy, 1180-95. [1]

Early History of the Clarret family

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Clarret Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Clarret has been recorded under many different variations, including Claret, Clarret, Clarot, Clarrot and others.

Early Notables of the Clarret family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Clarret family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Clarret or a variant listed above: Joseph Claret who arrived in New Orleans in 1821.

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X) on Facebook
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