Last name: Clarke
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Does anyone have any information about Daniel Clarke born about 1849 in Kingswood,Cheshire? He died in Birkenhead,Wirral. We cannot trace where he is buried.
There are hasidic jewish families in london and elsewhere with the surname Clark/e, So I think research needs to go a lot further. The passing on of literacy is the key, there are forms of distinguishing a literate person in the majority of languages. It most certainly does not originate in Ireland... thats the only thing we can't claim!!
Latin was used in England before the arrival of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes.the fourth, fifth and sixth century saw Anglo-Saxons Christianized and thus assimilating Latin. It seems to me Clarke is a bona-fide translation from the Latin Clericus. When the Normans(French) arrived in the eleventh century they had their own translation leclerc. The Irish claim for Clarke being ocleirigh, oclery etc anglicized to Clarke under Brian Boru (eleventh century) makes no sense. It seems Anglo/Scott Clarkes colonizing the north would have wanted to Gaelicize their Anglo-saxon surname for nationalisitc motives, just as we have Sean from John. I believe the surname could be one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names pre-seventh century, originating from their conversion to Christianity and intermarriage with the indigenous Christianized Brittons.
Looking for Charles carter Clarke Hastings UK and R W Clarke Indian Railways, and Major General F J Clarke 1940 RIE JW Clarke Lt. ColOBE 1880-1960
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Clarke is not Anglo-Saxon, it's an Irish surname, derived from O'Cleirigh.
Can you provide a reference to back that up? Unless you can I doubt it is true.
I have also been told that Clarke with an "E" is Irish. Nothing to back it up though.Up to now my family is all from Lancashire.Over time names brought in from europe do change slightly.For example De-Lose,Deloose,Delooze,which is a Heugonot name.
I am a Clarke and my family tree does go back to the early parts of Anglo Saxons xx
Clarke with an 'e' is very common in ireland. The name is obviously not Gaelic, but going back in the family tree we have, it was originally O'Cleary, then Cleary, then finally Clarke. My grandfather said that the Clarkes in ireland with the 'e' on the end were originally O'Clearys & Clearys in most cases in the area he was from.
My birth surname is Clarke- my dad was born in Exeter, and I also have heard that the name is Irish in origin, for what it's worth.
Clarkes aren't Irish, but many Irish are Clarke's. My family has Clarke and Clark. I think some become tired of being called Clarkie, in their youth, and if you are a Clarke I'd wager you have been called that One famous American William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, signed most documents William Clark, and a few he signed William Clarke. Personally, I find myself dropping the "e" due to laziness in my signature. I personally know a Clark that dropped the "e" legally, but now wants it back.
@ roy - was his first name Louis?
What about the Scottish link to the name Clarke? My great, great grand-father was Scottish. I was born in Jamaica.
French names CANOT be fo Anglo-Saxon origin. One surviving Anglo-Saxon equivalent 'Clark' is 'Scrivener'.