Clergier is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is derived 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 Clergier family
The surname Clergier 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 Clergier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clergier 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 Clergier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clergier Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Clergier are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Clergier include: Claridge, Clarridge, Clarges, Clargeis, Claredge, Clarredge, Claradge, Clarradge, Claridges, Clarridges, Claredges and many more.
Early Notables of the Clergier 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 Clergier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clergier family to Ireland
Some of the Clergier 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 Clergier family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Clergier or a variant listed above: Esther Claridge who settled in Philadelphia in 1820; with James, Joseph, Phillip, and Samuel; Samuel Claradge settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.