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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.

lark Early Origins



The surname lark was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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lark Spelling Variations


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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.

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lark Early History


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lark Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lark research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1332, 1584, 1520, 1679, 1490, 1529, 1544 and 1544 are included under the topic Early lark History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lark Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lark Early Notables (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...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lark 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



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, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • John Lark, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1854

lark Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Lark, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

lark Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Lark, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name lark (post 1700)


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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)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The lark Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lark 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 18 January 2016 at 08:57.

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