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Athough the actual derivation of this name is obscure, the Norman family who bore it held the Castle of Sainte Foy de Montgomery at Lisieux. One tradition asserts that the name refers to a hill and a Roman Commander called Gomericus. Roger de Mundegumbrie, whose mother was the niece of the great-grandmother of William the Conqueror, accompanied his kinsman on the invasion of England and commanded .....


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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