William Clark

Male1 September 1799–

Brief Life History of William

When William Clark was christened on 1 September 1799, in Ballaugh, Isle of Man, his father, Thomas Clark, was 40 and his mother, Elizabeth Boddagh, was 41.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Clark
1760–
Elizabeth Boddagh
1758–1834
Eleanor Clark
1793–
Eleanor Clarke
1793–
Jane Clarke
1794–
Esther Clarke
1797–
William Clark
1799–
Bessy Clark
1803–

Sources (1)

  • William Clarke, "Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598-2009"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (6)

+1 More Child

World Events (3)

1821

Census gave Island population of 40,081.

1825

Potato riots caused by imposition of tithes.

1863

Douglas becomes the capital of the Isle of Man, after its parliament. Tynwald moved their chambers from Castletown.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English clerk, clark ‘clerk, cleric, writer’ (Old French clerc; see Clerc ). The original sense was ‘man in a religious order, cleric, clergyman’. As all writing and secretarial work in medieval Christian Europe was normally done by members of the clergy, the term clerk came to mean ‘scholar, secretary, recorder, or penman’ as well as ‘cleric’. As a surname, it was particularly common for one who had taken only minor holy orders. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established.

Irish (Westmeath, Mayo): in Ireland the English surname was frequently adopted, partly by translation for Ó Cléirigh; see Cleary .

Americanized form of Dutch De Klerk or Flemish De Clerck or of variants of these names, and possibly also of French Clerc . Compare Clerk 2 and De Clark .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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