Surname:Clarke

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Source:Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, p. 4:2243: "There is no name more numerously represented in the pioneer settlement of New England than this. The many families bearing it render distinctions somewhat confusing and uncertain."

The Clarks and their Descendants notes that "The census of 1790 reported 2,422 "Clarks" as the heads of families in America."

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Clarke is an Anglo-Irish surname which means "clerk". The surname is of English and Irish origin but the original word comes from Latin for clericus. There are some surname variants, including the Clerk and the correct spelling Clark which predates Clarke by over 700 years. Clarke is also uncommonly chosen as a given name.

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