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The Thomas surname is of patronymic origin, that is, it is based on the first name of the father. In this case, it means "son of Thomas". The Thomas surname is found throughout the United Kingdom, but is generally considered to be Welsh in origin.

According to Harleian Manuscripts, which in many cases are the first recorded existence of a family's lineage, the name Thomas was recorded i.....


Heraldry Database: Clarke

Clarke







Surname:  Clarke
Branch:  Clarke
Origins:  British
More Info:  England

Background:  The original sense was a man in a religious order, cleric, clergyman. As all writing and secretarial work in the Middle Ages was done by the clergy, the term came to mean scholar, secretary, recorder or penman. As a surname, it was particularly common for one who had taken only minor orders. Clerke is now rare.


Motto:  Carpe diem, Seize the present opportunity.
Arms:  Or, on a bend az. betw. three torteaux as many swans ppr.
Crest:  A demi ram erminois.


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Name Variations:  Clark, Clarke, Clerk, Clerke.

References:
One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
English Surnames; C.M. Matthews - 1966.
A Dictionary of English Surnames; P.H. Reaney - 1958.






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