The German surname of CLICK was a topographic name for someone who lived by the bell tower of a church, or house name from a house marked by the sign of the bell. The name was originally derived from the Old German GLOCKE. It could also have been a metonymic occupational name for a sexton, who among other duties, was responsible for ringing the church bell. GLOCKNER is the usual term for a sexton in some parts of Germany. The name is also spelt GLOCKE, GLOCKNER, GLOCKLER, GLOGGER, KLOCKNER and CLOCHE. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. Early records of the name in England mention Clokke (without surname) who was documented in the year 1273 in the County of Kent. William Cloake was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) and Thomas Cloke of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans.
The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work.
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