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Clerc Name Meaning

French: occupational or status name for a member of a minor religious order or for a scholar Old French clerc from Late Latin clericus from Greek klērikos a derivative of klēros ‘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 clerc later came to denote any literate man a scholar (hence its modern meaning ‘scribe secretary’ or ‘clerk’). Compare Leclerc .

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

Similar surnames: Clark, Clerico, Leclerc, Clerk, Clare, Cerf, Cera, Cleve, Chery

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Where is the Clerc family from?

You can see how Clerc families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clerc family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Clerc families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 14 Clerc families living in Missouri. This was about 25% of all the recorded Clerc's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Clerc families in 1880.
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What did your Clerc ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Clerc. 20% of Clerc men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Clerc women worked as a New Worker. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • New Worker
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Clerc. 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 Cards

There are 777 military records available for the last name Clerc. For the veterans among your Clerc ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clerc lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Clerc life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Clerc in 1953 was 47, and 81 in 2004.

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