The earliest origins of the family name larke date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to 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 larke family
The surname larke was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the larke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our larke 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 larke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
larke Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname larke include Lark, Larke, Larks, Laurk, Lauerk, Larkie, Larkey and others.
Early Notables of the larke 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early larke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the larke family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
larke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Chris Larke, who settled in Colorado in 1893
larke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Leonard J. R. Larke, aged 22, who landed in America from Southend, England, in 1911
- Robert Larke, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1911
- Wm. J. Larke, aged 37, who settled in America from Rugby, England, in 1912
- Lillian T. Larke, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1912
- Aubrey Larke, aged 47, who landed in America from London, England, in 1917
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Contemporary Notables of the name larke (post 1700)
- Matthew Larke (b. 1987), American professional ice hockey player
- John Short Larke (b. 1840), English-born, Canadian diplomat, Canada's first trade commissioner to Australia (1894 to 1905)
- Glenda Larke, Australian writer, finalist in the 2003 and the 2006 Aurealis Awards