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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.

larke Early Origins



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

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larke Spelling Variations


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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.

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larke Early History


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larke Early History



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.

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larke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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larke 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 larke 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



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 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name larke (post 1700)


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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

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See Also


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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. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The larke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The larke 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 2 December 2013 at 07:14.

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