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The surname Leclaire comes from the French word "clair" meaning "bright," or "light." As such, the name was most likely originally a nickname for a cheerful individual, although some instances may have evolved from the personal name Clair.

Leclaire Early Origins



The surname Leclaire was first found in Limousin, where this renowned family held a family seat from ancient times.

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Leclaire Spelling Variations


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Leclaire Spelling Variations



Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Leclaire, including 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.

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Leclaire Early History


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Leclaire Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leclaire research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1703, 1764, 1777, 1791, and 1793 are included under the topic Early Leclaire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leclaire Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leclaire Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leclaire 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



Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Leclaire has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leclaire were

Leclaire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan LeClaire, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1662

Leclaire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Leclaire, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Mrs. Louis Leclaire, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Belgium, in 1892
  • Servais Leclaire, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1892

Leclaire Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs G. Leclaire, aged 36, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Germaine Leclaire, aged 22, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1908
  • Marie Leclaire, aged 22, who settled in America from Fronege, France, in 1912
  • Maude LeClaire, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Roy LeClaire, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Leclaire Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Gertrude Leclaire, aged 20, who settled in Dowan, Canada in 1913
  • Juliette Leclaire, aged 23, who emigrated to Dowan, Canada in 1913
  • Martha Leclaire, aged 26, who emigrated to Dowan, Canada in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leclaire (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leclaire (post 1700)



  • Joyce LeClaire, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2004
  • Charles J. Leclaire, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Killingly, 1906
  • Arthur J. LeClaire Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartford, 1948
  • Alferia Leclaire, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Griswold, 1920
  • A. F. LeClaire, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 36th District, 1901-02
  • Théodore François Joseph Leclaire, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Edme-Jean Leclaire (1801-1872), French economist and businessman
  • Brigadier Jean-Alphonse Leclaire (b. 1899), Commanding Officer 15th Canadian Brigade (1942)
  • Pascal Leclaire (b. 1982), Canadian (Quebec born), professional (NHL) ice hockey goaltender

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    10. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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    The Leclaire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leclaire 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.

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