Origins Available: French-Alt
The French name Le clercq comes from "le clerc," or "the clerk," and as such was an occupational
name for a scribe or secretary.
Early Origins of the Le clercq family
The surname Le clercq was first found in Limousin
, where this renowned family held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Le clercq family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Le clercq research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1791, 1793, 1587, 1633, 1622, 1691, 1637, 1714, 1657, 1736, 1711, 1697 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Le clercq History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Le clercq Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Le clercq is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Leclair, Leclaire, Leclaires, Leclère, Leclere, Leclères, Lecleres, Leclert, Lecler, le Clair, le Claire, le Claires, le Clère, le Clere, le Clères, le Clert, le Cler, Clair, Claire, Claires, Clère, Clere, Clères, Clert and many more.
Early Notables of the Le clercq family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family was Jean Leclerc (c.1587-1633), French painter and etcher, born into the service of Duke Charles III of Lorraine; Michel Le Clerc (1622-1691), a French lawyer and dramatist; Sébastien Leclerc (1637-1714), a French printmaker, draughtsman... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Le clercq Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Le clercq family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until the colony fell to the English in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Le clercq were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Le clercq were Elizabeth Leclair, who settled in Carolina in 1695; Joseph and Marguerite Leclair, who landed at l'Isle-St-Jean, in Acadia, (Prince Edward Island) about 1724.
Contemporary Notables of the name Le clercq (post 1700)
- Winnie C. LeClercq, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Georgia, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Saint Salomone Leclercq (1745-1792), French Roman Catholic professed religious who was killed during the French Revolution for his refusal to swear an oath of allegiance to the new government