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The surname St.clair is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The St.clair family lived at St. Clare in the arrondisement of Pont d'Eveque, Normandy before arriving in Scotland.

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The surname St.clair was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations of this family name include: St. Clair, St. Clare, St. Clere and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our St.clair research. Another 360 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1130 are included under the topic Early St.clair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early St.clair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the St.clair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

St.clair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas St. Clair settled in Baltimore in 1783

St.clair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David St. Clair settled in Philadelphia in 1855

St.clair Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Urnnie St. Clair, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • Joseph N St. Clair, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Ralph Griffith St. Clair, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Geo. W. St. Clair, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Richard St. Clair, aged 40, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
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  • Richard St. Clair (b. 1946), American composer, educator, and pianist
  • Margaret St. Clair (1911-1995), American science fiction writer
  • Malcolm St. Clair (1897-1952), American Hollywood film director, writer, producer and actor
  • Jeffrey St. Clair (b. 1959), American investigative journalist, writer, and editor
  • Isla St. Clair (b. 1952), Scottish singer and actress
  • Brigadier William Howard St. Clair (1892-1977), Commander Royal Artillery 3rd Australian Infantry Division from 1933 to 1939
  • Terry St. Clair (b. 1951), British folk musician, guitarist, and composer
  • Gairy St. Clair (b. 1975), former IBF world junior-lightweight boxing champion
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    1. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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