Clarrot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Clarrot 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 Clarrot family

The surname Clarrot 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 Clarrot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarrot research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Clarrot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clarrot Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Clarrot family name include Claret, Clarret, Clarot, Clarrot and others.

Early Notables of the Clarrot family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Clarrot family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Clarrot surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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)


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