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The French name Leclère comes from "le clerc," or "the clerk," and as such was an occupational name for a scribe or secretary.

Leclère Early Origins



The surname Leclère was first found in Limousin, where this renowned family held a family seat from ancient times.

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Leclère Spelling Variations


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Leclère Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Leclère is distinguished by a number of regional variations. 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.

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Leclère Early History


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Leclère Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leclère 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 Leclère History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leclère Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leclère Early Notables (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 Leclère Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Ameri ca. 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 Leclère 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 Leclère were

Leclère Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Augustus LeClere, who arrived in New York, NY in 1831
  • Frederick LeClere, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • Louis Isidore LeClere, who landed in New York, NY in 1835
  • Alfred Leclere, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Charles Leclere, aged 53, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leclère Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alphonse Leclere, aged 39, who arrived in America from Jolivet, France, in 1900
  • Camille Leclere, aged 44, who arrived in America, in 1903
  • Victorine Leclere, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. James Leclere, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Marie Leclere, aged 45, who arrived in America from Cieux, France, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leclère Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Yvonne Leclere, aged 49, who arrived in Montreal, Canada, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leclère (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leclère (post 1700)



  • Alexandra Leclère, French film director, screenwriter and dialogue writer
  • Adhémar Leclère (1853-1917), French diplomat, economist, politician and ethnologist
  • Achille-François-René Leclère (1785-1853), French architect and teacher of architecture
  • Michel Leclère (b. 1946), French former motor racing driver
  • Ernest Leclère, Luxembourg politician in the 1900s

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    5. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    11. ...

    The Leclère Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leclère 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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