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Clark Family History

Clark Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klerikos, a derivative of kleros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites (see Levy) ‘whose inheritance was the Lord’. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write, so that the term clerk came to denote any literate man.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Clark Families

  • Number of Clark families
     4,393 - 8,783
     1,465 - 4,392
     1 - 1,464
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Clark families
     7,876 - 15,750
     2,626 - 7,875
     1 - 2,625
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Clark families
     2,548 - 5,094
     850 - 2,547
     1 - 849
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Clark Family Origin

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Clark Immigration Information

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Clark Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Clark Civil War Service Records

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Confederate
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Union
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