This surname of CLARY was a local name 'of Clare Castle' in County Suffolk, although was originally brought into England from France in the wake of the Norman invasion of 1066. Richard de Clare, circa 1090, held no less than ninety five lordships in Suffolk. The family took their name from the place. There was also a place so called in the County of Oxfordshire. The name was originally derived from the Latin female given name of CLARUS (famous) which achieved a moderate popularity, greater on the Continent than in England. The name was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Early records also mention CLARA (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was spelt as Clare, in County Suffolk, in the year 1198. Cleyore (without surname) was recorded in County Oxford in 1262. Bogo de Clare, was documented in the year 1273 in the County of Bedfordshire. Clare Scheppard of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William de Clare was documented in County Norfolk in the same year. John Standen married Clare Aurriance, St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1603. George Finch and Mary Clare, were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1775.
The surname is common in Ireland where in general, bearers of the name are members of a family originally from Clare in Suffolk. The earliest Norman Invador of Ireland, Richard, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (died 1176), known as 'Strongbow' bore the family name of de Clare.
The associated arms are recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General. Clary d'Aldringen
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