The French name Clerc comes from "le clerc", or "the clerk", and as such was an occupational
name originally used for a scribe or secretary.
Early Origins of the Clerc family
The surname Clerc was first found in Limousin
, where this renowned family held a family seat
from ancient times.
Many members of this important family were recorded as participants in the French Revolution and in its resultant political forums. Théodore François Joseph Leclaire was a member of the military who was promoted to the rank of Chief of Battalion of the 98th regiment in 1791, followed in 1793 by a promotion to Commander of Arms. He was also honoured by being admitted to the Legion of Honour.
Early History of the Clerc family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clerc research.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1633, 1622, 1691, 1637, 1714, 1657, 1736, 1711, 1697 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Clerc History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clerc Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Leclair, Leclaire, Leclaires, Leclère, Leclere, Leclères, Lecleres, Leclert, Lecler, le Clair, le Claire, le Claires, le Clère, le Clere, le Clères, le Clert, le Cler, Clair, Claire, Claires, Clère, Clere, Clères, Clert and many more.
Early Notables of the Clerc family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family was Jean Leclerc (c.1587-1633), French painter and etcher, born into the service of Duke Charles III of Lorraine; Michel Le Clerc (1622-1691), a French lawyer and dramatist; Sébastien Leclerc (1637-1714), a French printmaker, draughtsman... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clerc Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clerc family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Clerc Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Mr. Jean Clerc, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 4th April 1642 CITATION[CLOSE]
Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
Contemporary Notables of the name Clerc (post 1700)
- Antoine-Marguerite Clerc, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 12) Antoine-Marguerite Clerc. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- Serge Clerc (b. 1957), French comic book artist and illustrator
- Albert Clerc (1830-1918), French chess master
- François Clerc (b. 1983), French footballer
- Vincent Clerc (b. 1981), French rugby union player
- Philippe Clerc (b. 1946), Swiss athlete who competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics
- José Luis Clerc (b. 1958), former Argentine professional tennis player
Clerc Family Crest Products
- ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 12) Antoine-Marguerite Clerc. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html