Clark Family History

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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

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

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Clark Family Origin

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Clark Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clark. 15% of Clark men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Clark women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clark were Truck Driver and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher

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Clark Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Clark Life Expectancy

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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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