The earliest origins of the larks surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member 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 larks family
The surname larks was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the larks family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our larks 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 larks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
larks Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like larks are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name larks include: Lark, Larke, Larks, Laurk, Lauerk, Larkie, Larkey and others.
Early Notables of the larks 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 larks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the larks family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name larks or a variant listed above: Alex and Mary Larkie, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1811; Daniel Larkey to New York in 1822; and Chris Larke to Colorado in 1893.
Contemporary Notables of the name larks (post 1700)
- Jack Larks, American space mission planning engineer at Cape Canaveral in the 1950s and 1960s