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The surname laclair comes from the French word "clair" meaning "bright," or "light." As such, the name was most likely originally a nickname for a cheerful individual, although some instances may have evolved from the personal name Clair.

laclair Early Origins



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

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laclair Spelling Variations


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laclair Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name laclair 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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laclair Early History


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laclair Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laclair research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1703, 1764, 1777, 1791, and 1793 are included under the topic Early laclair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laclair Early Notables (pre 1700)


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laclair Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early laclair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the laclair surname were

laclair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Laclair, who landed in New York in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name laclair (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name laclair (post 1700)



  • Edmund F. LaClair, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Avon, 1912

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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The laclair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laclair 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 December 2015 at 16:07.

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