lark History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name lark has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who can sing beautifully like a lark. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the lark family
The surname lark was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the lark family
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lark Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name lark have been found, including Lark, Larke, Larks, Laurk, Lauerk, Larkie, Larkey and others.
Early Notables of the lark family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Ralph Larke, a prominent 13th century landholder in Norfolk; Joan Larke (c.1490-after 1529), English mistress of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, and the...
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lark migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name lark, or a variant listed above:
lark Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mark Lark, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850 
- John Lark, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1854 
lark migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
lark Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Alfred Lark, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
- Miss Grace Lark, (b. 1836), aged 19, Cornish domestic servant departing from Plymouth on 27th September 1854 aboard the ship "Birmingham" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 6th January 1855 
- Miss Phillipi Lark, (b. 1835), aged 20, Cornish domestic servant departing from Plymouth on 27th September 1854 aboard the ship "Birmingham" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 6th January 1855 
lark migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
lark Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Lark, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
- Miss Gertrude Lark, (b. 1866), aged 9, Cornish settler departing on 4th December 1875 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th February 1876 
- Mr. Harry Lark, (b. 1870), aged 5, Cornish settler departing on 4th December 1875 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th February 1876 
- Mrs. Mary M. Lark, (b. 1844), aged 31, Cornish settler departing on 4th December 1875 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th February 1876 
- Mr. William Lark, (b. 1837), aged 38, Cornish mason departing on 4th December 1875 aboard the ship "Rangitiki" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th February 1876 
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Contemporary Notables of the name lark (post 1700) +
- Tobi Lark (b. 1941), American-born Canadian soul and gospel singer
- Michael Lark, American comics artist for DC Comics' Batman, Terminal City, Gotham Central and for Marvel's The Pulse and Captain America
- Maria Lark (b. 1997), Russian-American television actress
- James W. "Jim" Lark III, Ph. D., American professor of systems engineering and applied mathematics at the University of Virginia
- Hoyt Webb Lark (1893-1971), American politician, Republican State Senator and Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island (1945-1953)
- Sarah Lark (b. 1983), Welsh singer and actress
- Frank Edwin Lark (1887-1946), New Zealand politician, Member of the Legislative Council (1936-1946)
- Lark Fox, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Franklin County, 1822-24 
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
- ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html