Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. laurk was a name used 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.
Early Origins of the laurk family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the laurk family
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laurk Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of laurk include Lark, Larke, Larks, Laurk, Lauerk, Larkie, Larkey and others.
Early Notables of the laurk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the laurk family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The laurk were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alex and Mary Larkie, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1811; Daniel Larkey to New York in 1822; and Chris Larke to Colorado in 1893.
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