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The French name Leclerc comes from "le clerc," or "the clerk," and as such was an occupational name for a scribe or secretary.

Leclerc Early Origins



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

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Leclerc Spelling Variations


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Leclerc Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Leclerc 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.

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Leclerc Early History


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Leclerc Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leclerc 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 Leclerc History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leclerc Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leclerc Early Notables (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 Leclerc 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



Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. 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 Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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 Leclerc 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 Leclerc were

Leclerc Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean LeClerc, aged 27, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean LeClerc, aged 27, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jacques LeClerc, who settled in Louisiana in 1752
  • Pierre LeClerc, who settled in Louisiana in 1757

Leclerc Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean-Baptiste Leclerc, aged 46, who settled in New Orleans in 1823
  • Fortune Leclerc, who arrived in New York, NY in 1835
  • Mr. Leclerc, who settled in San Francisco in 1853

Leclerc Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Adrienne Leclerc, who landed in Canada in 1661

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leclerc (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leclerc (post 1700)



  • Walter N. LeClerc, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1940
  • Marcia A. Leclerc, American Democrat politician, Mayor of East Hartford, Connecticut, 2011-12
  • Charles Victoire Emmanuel Leclerc, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Pierre Leclerc d'Ostein, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Louis Nicolas Marin Leclerc des Essarts, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Charles Hyacinthe Leclerc de Landremont, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Camille Charles Leclerc, Chevalier de Fresne was Governor General of Mauritius and Pondicherry in French Colonial Empire
  • Dominique Leclerc (b. 1944), French politician, member of the Senate of France
  • Charles Victor Emmanuel Leclerc (1772-1802), French general, who served under Napoleon Bonaparte in the Italian campaign
  • Major-General Pierre Edouard Leclerc (1893-1982), General Officer Commanding Combined Newfoundland & Canadian Military Forces Newfoundland (1943-1944)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Leclerc Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leclerc 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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