Clare Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Clare Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Clare

The Clare family history was found in the archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Clare
include Clair, Clear and Claret. These names are usually of Norman Origin and were formerly rendered as 'de Cleir'. Perhaps the most famous bearer of the name was Richard de Clare whose presence looms large in the history of Ireland . Known as 'Strongbow' he invaded Ireland in the year 1170, his Knights eventually integrating into Gaelic society and some even opposing English invasions in later centuries. The earliest families of Clare were first associated with County Wexford in Ireland where Clereston bears their name. The name Clare is ultimately derived from a place in Normandy in France , le Clare, and first recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book of England . The 1659 Census in Ireland shows the name to be numerous in County Tipperary, where the variant Clear is recorded in the Ormond collection of Deeds in the sixteenth century. The Rev. Wallace Clare, 1895-1963, was founder of the Irish Genealogical Society. Occasionally the name Clare is used as an anglicized form of the Gaelic name O'Cleirigh, more often changed to O'Clery.
The Clare coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Clare descendants.
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