Origins Available: French-Alt
The French name Clerc comes from "le clerc," or "the clerk," and as such was an occupational
name 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.
Early History of the Clerc family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clerc research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1791, 1793, 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
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Clerc has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Clerc were Elizabeth Leclair, who settled in Carolina in 1695; Joseph and Marguerite Leclair, who landed at l'Isle-St-Jean, in Acadia, (Prince Edward Island) about 1724.
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