Clarke

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Henry Jackson Clarke, born at Faldouet in Jersey in 1858, with his grandchildren

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An 1865 photograph of St Helier Harbour and the Esplanade with West Park in the background. The dark rectangular arch on the shoreline is believed to be the large sheds of Frederick Clarke's shipyard

Origins of surname

This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is from a medieval occupational name for a scribe or secretary. Originally it only referred to a member of a religious order. The word clerc, from the old English for priest, eventually came to be used of any literate man, particularly the professional secretary and the scholar.

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Although the name appears in the Grouville marriage register in 1707, when Thomas Clark married Elizabeth Hielhard, it was not included by the compiler of our Comprehensive list of Jersey surnames, so does not feature in any Jersey records which predate the church registers.

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  • Clark
  • Clarke

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