Le Clerc

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This surname is frequently found spelt Le Clerc and Le Clercq


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Elsie Louise Le Clercq (1881-1957), born in St Helier, married Thomas Michael Cooney (1879- ) in 1909. Their son Thomas Michael was born in Ireland in 1911. They had emigrated to the USA by 1930

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Origin of Surname

Le Clerc was probably a member of the clergy, but could also have been someone with a lay clerical role. Clerc, meaning 'clerk' or 'cleric' was applied to a wide range of functions both in the church and outside in France in Medieval times.

The name is very common in Normandy, spelt Leclerc and Leclercq, and can be traced back to 1184 there.

Early records

  • Thomas Le Clerc was born in St Saviour, Jersey about 1500 and married a Miss Anthoine
  • Abraham Le Clercq was born in St Clement about 1595 and died there in 1660. He was the son of another Abraham and married Marie Le Feuvre

Roger Le Clerc features in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550

Variants

  • Clercq, 1668
  • Le Clerk, 1309
  • Le Clerc 1402
  • Le Clercq 1461
  • Leclerc 1331
  • Le Claere
  • Le Clarc
  • Le Claire, sometimes given as a variant, but probably a separate family in Jersey, and found in Brittany rather than Normandy

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