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The name Clerk is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who concerned himself with matters of scholarly importance or of religious orders or as a secretary. The surname Clerk originally derived from the Latin form clericus Even today, the word and profession clerk is typically pronounced clark throughout the United Kingdom.

Clerk Early Origins



The surname Clerk was first found in Northumberland, where the ancestral home of the Clerk family is thought to be located. The family held a family seat in this county from the days before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Clerk Spelling Variations


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Clerk Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Clerk include Clark, Clerk and others.

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Clerk Early History


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Clerk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clerk research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1683, 1655, 1675, 1729, 1639, 1714, 1659, 1735, 1689 and are included under the topic Early Clerk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clerk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clerk Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir James Clark, a physician to the King; Samuel Clarke (1599-1683), an English clergyman and significant Puritan biographer; William Clerk, LL.D...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clerk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clerk In Ireland


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Clerk In Ireland



Some of the Clerk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Clerk Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Clerk, who arrived in Maryland in 1637
  • Eleanor Clerk, who arrived in Maryland in 1641
  • Anthony Clerk, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Rob Clerk, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • John Clerk, who landed in Maryland in 1672
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clerk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Clerk, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Eliza Clerk, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Benja Clerk, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Edward Clerk, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Jane Clerk, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clerk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Clerk, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Ann Clerk, aged 5, arrived in New York, NY in 1850

Clerk Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Clerk, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. James Clerk U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clerk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clerk (post 1700)



  • J. A. Clerk, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1916
  • Sir Dugald Clerk (1854-1932), Scottish engineer

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudo
Motto Translation: Fortitude.


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  11. ...

The Clerk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clerk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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