The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name larkee come from its first bearer, who was 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 larkee family
The surname larkee was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the larkee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our larkee 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 larkee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
larkee Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. larkee has been spelled many different ways, including Lark, Larke, Larks, Laurk, Lauerk, Larkie, Larkey and others.
Early Notables of the larkee 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 larkee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the larkee family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first larkees to arrive in North America: Alex and Mary Larkie, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1811; Daniel Larkey to New York in 1822; and Chris Larke to Colorado in 1893.