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The name Duffy or O'Duffy is widespread in Ireland: it is among the fifty commonest surnames; standing first in the list for Co. Monaghan, it is also very numerous in north connacht. It is found in Munster to some extent but there is often takes the form Duhig, while in parts of Donegal it has become Doohey and Dowey. These variants arose from local pronunciations of the Irish O Dubhthaigh, a surn.....


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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