Clark Family Crest
Meaning of the colors on the Clark family crest
Argent (silver) - signifies sincerity, peace and the Clark family's reputation for such.
Azure (blue) - represents the Clark family's truthfulness and loyalty.
Or (Gold) symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Meaning of the symbols on the Clark family crest
The three dragon heads. The dragon the stronest symbol of valiance in heraldry. Signifying the protective nature of the Clark family.
The three roses - are a symbol of joy and hope for the future of the Clark family.
The Chevron shape - signifies the historical family home, the importance of home for family members through the years and the safety this provides.
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Origins of the Clark family name
The name Clark is derived from the Latin word for "clerk" and in turn the old English word clerc, meaning "priest" or "clergyman".
In England, the name was first used in the 12th century, when it referred to someone who worked as a scribe or secretary.
The name was later used to refer to someone who was employed as a clerk in a government office.
The name is also found in Scotland, where it is thought to be derived from the Gaelic word for "clachan", which means "stone".
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Summary of the Clark family and the Clark family crest
- The Clark family has been in England for many centuries, and the name is found in records dating back to the 13th century with this spelling.
- The name was initially used as a given name for someone who was ordained into the priesthood.
- The first known bearer of the name was William de Clarke, who was recorded in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of London.
- A version of the name however has been documented even earlier, being found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is spelled as "Clarke".
- The name Clark was first found in the county of Lancashire
- The Clark family has been involved in many notable events in English history, including the Battle of Agincourt and the signing of the Magna Carta.
- The name Clark is still relatively common in England, and is most often found in the southeastern part of the country.
- The earliest known origin of the name Clark in America is believed to be in 1634, when a man named John Clark arrived in Massachusetts from England.
- The Clark descendants eventually settled in other parts of America, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
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