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Clark Surname Meaning

English: from Middle English clerk clark ‘clerk cleric writer’ (Old French clerc; see Clerc ). The original sense was ‘man in a religious order cleric clergyman’. As all writing and secretarial work in medieval Christian Europe was normally done by members of the clergy the term clerk came to mean ‘scholar secretary recorder or penman’ as well as ‘cleric’. As a surname it was particularly common for one who had taken only minor holy orders. In medieval Christian Europe clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. Irish (Westmeath Mayo): in Ireland the English surname was frequently adopted partly by translation for Ó Cléirigh; see Cleary . Americanized form of Dutch De Klerk or Flemish De Clerck or of variants of these names and possibly also of French Clerc . Compare Clerk 2 and De Clark . Americanized form of Italian Calarco .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Clare, Clack, Lark, Clary, Plank, Flack, Clerk, Chard, Coard, Slack

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Where is the Clark family from?

You can see how Clark families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clark family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clark families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 7,328 Clark families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Clark's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Clark families in 1911.
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What did your Clark ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Clark. 33% of Clark men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Clark women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clark were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 381,000 immigration records available for the last name Clark. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 665,000 military records available for the last name Clark. For the veterans among your Clark ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clark lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Clark life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Clark in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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