When Earl McCoy Clark was born on 22 January 1887, in Polk Township, Benton, Iowa, United States, his father, Michael F Clark, was 22 and his mother, Henrietta McCoy Moulton, was 21. He married Hilda Christina Bly on 22 April 1910, in Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Bonner Springs, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States for about 10 years and Bonner Springs, Bonner Springs, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States in 1940. He died on 27 January 1948, in Wyandotte, Kansas, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Bonner Springs Cemetery, Bonner Springs, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States.
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 .
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