St.claire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname St.claire 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.claire family lived at St. Clare in the arrondisement of Pont d'Eveque, Normandy before arriving in Scotland.
Early Origins of the St.claire family
The surname St.claire 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.
Early History of the St.claire family
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St.claire Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: St. Clair, St. Clare, St. Clere, De Clare and others.
Early Notables of the St.claire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the St.claire family to Ireland
Some of the St.claire family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the St.claire family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: David St. Clair settled in Philadelphia in 1855; Thomas St. Clair settled in Baltimore in 1783; Neil St. Clare settled in Virginia in 1654.