The name ‘Clare originates from England. It is a topographic name for someone who lived near an area of clay or soil. It is also an occupational name for someone who worked in a clay pit, from the Old English word ‘cloeg’ meaning clay. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Clay’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Alicia in le Clay’, from Hunts, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Henry Clayton’, aged 36, a schoolmaster by trade, from the city of London, England. He immigrated to North America in 1773, sailing from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘Etty’ on the 25th of December 1773, arriving in Boston on the 2nd of Janu… Coat of arms: Argent three wolves…
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